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Chapter 49. Internet Basics > What Else Can I Do on the Internet?

What Else Can I Do on the Internet?

The World Wide Web is only one of many services available over the Internet. The most popular Internet service is electronic mail, commonly known as email. Anyone connected to the Internet can send mail to anyone else on the Net. Other very popular services are chat and instant messaging. Unlike email, chat sessions are “in real time,” which means you can “speak” and “listen” at the same time. Anything you type in a chat will instantly be displayed on the screen of anyone else who is tuned into the same “channel” as you. An instant message, on the other hand, isn't necessarily public. It can be between two people or a small group of people who have agreed to exchange real-time messages. (More on this in Chapter 52.)

Another feature is newsgroups, which are forums or bulletin boards. One person posts a message and others respond. Everyone can read what everyone else says and you don't all have to be in the same time zone or online at the same time. Newsgroup messages are saved, so that people can look at them and respond at any time. You can use special software to access newsgroups or use Internet Explorer or Netscape (click Mail and News on the Internet Explorer Tools menu). You can also access newsgroups on the Web at www.deja.com.


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