IM is a type of communications service that enables you to create a private chat with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet. Popular services, such as AOL, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and Apple’s iChat now allow voice messaging, file sharing and even video chat when both users have cameras.
You can also create groups in instant messaging, where you can talk to a number of people in the same chat. So its like having a real conversation with a group of people.
I personally use iMessage which is Apples service for Instant messaging because most of my friends use it. However if your friends don’t have a apple device your phone will detect this and automatically send it as a text message to the recipient.
As you can see the conversation above has use of emojis which are used like emoticons and exist in various genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, and animals.
iMessages are texts, photos, or videos that you send to iOS devices and Macs over Wi-Fi or cellular-data networks. These messages are always encrypted and appear in blue text bubbles.
Many instant messaging services like to show when the recipient is typing, usually this displayed via 3 dots changing colour. Another feature is you can see if the recipient has seen the message and if it has been delivered.
Another instant messaging service is Facebook Messenger. Instead of using your contacts macbook messenger allows you to send people friend requests. After someone has accepted the friend request you can instant message them.
To add someone from your friends list use the plus button to bring up the friends you interact with most or you can start typing their name into the “to” field. Write your message and wait for a reply.
You can see if the friend is active on messenger or when the last time the friend was on messenger. This can tell you if you are going to get a reply straight away.