Instant messaging is becoming a necessity in every day life, both professional and personal. Every new computer comes with an instant messaging chat program now. It's a fun and easy way to communicate with friends, clients as well as sending and receiving files and its quick too as it is all done in real time.
There are two main types of instant messaging. The first is a built in instant messenger that is usually on sites such as forums. Using this sort of built in messenger is very easy. The other sort is an instant messaging chat program and needs to be downloaded and installed onto your computer. If you are an instant messenger new comer, signing up and downloading is easy, just follow the steps. This sort of instant messenger is the most popular as they come with loads of features and options.
The top three providers in instant messengers are Yahoo!, AIM and MSN.
All these programs come with the same mandatory features such as having your own unique user name and email, you also get the ability to choose busy, away, offline and other status symbols to show what you are doing, the ability to instant message people, emails and data, the ability to add and remove contacts from your list, have emoticons, the ability to change your text font and colors, send and receive files, go on webcam, play games and voice chat. To go a little deeper into each programs features lets have a look at them one on one.
Yahoo! Messenger is a fun and widely versatile program. This program comes with Launchcast radio, a feature where you can make your own station and only listen to the music you like. Games, so you can play your friends while chatting. Conference, so you can talk to multiple people in the same window. Other features include the ability to display images or avatars, an address book, IMViroments, contact cards, audiles, these are animated characters that talk out loud and the ability to have Yahoo! on your mobile. Most of these features you can customize when you become a Yahoo! Instant messenger new user. Some of Yahoo's new features include a new way to share photos and files, all you have to do is drop and drag them into the window and they will instantly tell you when your files have been transferred. Add the ability to make free calls to a computer anywhere in the world and also the ability to leave voice mail and a choice to have different ring tones for incoming calls. A Yahoo! search box is available in the window so you can search for anything you are looking for. Another fun feature is the ability to give your instant messenger some new funky looks with skins which are available for download.
AIM has a variety of different messengers for your pc, for work, your PDA, your mobile and also AIM has an instant messenger express. Some of AIM's features include updating your blog through sending an instant message, sending text messages to a mobile phone, scanning received files for viruses,viewing video and voice and customizing sounds for your system. AIM also has a news and stock report ticker that are easily customizable. Another great thing about AIM is that if you are away from your computer or aren't able to have the program installed you could always use AIM instant messenger express, this works from any browser and allows you to talk to all your buddies just the same as if you had the messenger installed.
MSN Messenger is a very popular instant messaging chat program and is much like Yahoo! But they have their differences, with MSN some of their new features include the ability to give your instant messenger new backgrounds, change your name to anything you want for others to see, application and calendar sharing, the ability to set your status before logging on, add mobile contacts of people who do not have MSN messenger. And like in case with Yahoo you have the ability to send and receive text messages from your mobile phone on your messenger, video and voice contact, contact cards, use search boxes in the window and other features.
If you have trouble understanding any of the features, read the manual and remember to keep a look out for upgrades so you can keep your instant messenger new and up to date.
All these programs are easy to get and download, you will have so much fun learning and love having the ability to instant message new friends, family, clients while sending, searching and receiving information and data at the same time in real time.