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Chapter 4. Communicating Through Instant... > Sending and Receiving Instant Messag...

Sending and Receiving Instant Messages

An instant message is an online typewritten conversation in real-time between two or more contacts. As you type an instant message, you can format your messages by using fonts and color and by inserting graphical symbols called emoticons, such as a happy face, which help convey your emotions. Each message can contain up to 400 characters. You cannot send an instant message to more than one person, but you can invite other people using the same messaging service to participate in an existing conversation; you can include up to five people in a conversation.


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