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Part: II Networking and The Internet > Instant Messaging with iChat

Chapter 9. Instant Messaging with iChat

IN THIS CHAPTER:

67 Set Up Your AIM or .Mac Account

68 Set Up Your Picture

69 Add a Buddy

70 Start a Text, Audio, or Video Chat Session

71 Send a File

72 Set a Custom Status Message

Instant messaging has become one of the most important forms of communication on the Internet in recent years. With even more immediacy than email, and with an even more personal focus, instant messaging—pioneered by applications such as ICQ and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), and further advanced by offerings from Yahoo! and Microsoft—has become the preferred means of quick, informal communication for millions of people at both the personal and professional levels. Incorporating text, audio, and video chat capabilities as well as multi-party conversations, instant messaging has evolved from a simple means to send a quick note to pop up on someone else's screen to a full-fledged telepresence and information-sharing infrastructure.


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