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Chapter 21. Chatting with Instant Messenging > What Is Instant Messenger?

What Is Instant Messenger?

Instant messaging is a lot like chat, with a few key differences. One, most instant messages are sent to or received from people you know. Two, the conversations are just between you and one other person.

America Online members automatically get AOL's Instant Messenger and can use it within the service. If you know another person's screen name, you can use Instant Messenger to check to see if they are online. If they are, you can type them a quick message, and it automatically pops up on their screen.


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