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Instant Messaging

  • By: Gary W. Larson
  • In: Encyclopedia of New Media
  • Edited by: Steve Jones
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies

In its simplest form, Instant Messaging (IM) seeks to accomplish two goals: monitoring presence and messaging. The software relies on a central server or servers to monitor presence. When a user logs on to an IM system, the login is recognized ...

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