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  • 1. Chat and instant messagingGroup 3

2. Historical context

  • A lot of people used AOL (American Online), prodigy and CompuServe.
  • As the internet became a lot more popular so web designers made chat rooms because the technology improved.
  • In
  • 1997 AOL created ICQ.The ICQ model is the basis for most instant-messaging utilities on the market today. In the next section we'll examine how these services work.( http://communication.howstuffworks.com/instant-messaging1.htm)

3. Target audience

  • The target audience is usually aimed at teenagers mostly because they like to chat with their friends quickly. But everyone is able to use instant messaging if they have the internet. Both sexes are able to use instant messaging. I think that the age range is from 10-30

http://www.centernetworks.com/current-stats-and-commentary-on-the-instant-messenger-market Unique Visitors (000) Instant Messengers Feb 06 Feb 07 % of change MSN-Windows Live Messenger 187,333 207,777 +11% Yahoo! Messenger 74,177 84,610 +14% aim.com/aim app 26,968 29,080 +8% icq 25,843 27,427 +6% AOL Instant Messenger 18,729 13,547 -28% MSN Messenger Canada 11,111 13,318 20% qq.com im n/a 11,634 n/a Skype IM n/a 8,673 n/a tom.com im n/a 8,218 n/a eBuddy 3,905 4,449 +13% imvu.com 317 3,148 +894% PalTalk 2,903 2,729 -6% Meebo n/a 2,290 n/a XFire n/a 1,757 n/a Tien Kommunikator n/a 1,191 n/a Twitter n/a 1,135 n/a Trillian 747 1,022 +37% Rediff Bol Messenger 235 989 +321% Plugoo n/a 900 n/a Userplane n/a 899 n/a 4. Instant messaging uses a programme communicating with others by connecting you to a server used by everyone who uses the same program.Once you choose someone to talk to your instant messaging program sends any messages you choose directly to the IP (internet protocol) address and port of the person you want to talk to. This is how conversations happen quickly and instantly, as you aren't sending a message to a server and back to another computer. Two computers are directly connected to each other at that point, and can send messages to each other as quickly as they choose.How does it work? 5.

  • Messages sent in real time instant response
  • Proper conversation without making a large bill
  • Files can be sent via IM (instant messaging)
  • Similar to face-to-face conversation
  • Safer than chat rooms because you add the people you want
  • Free to use
  • Quick to set up
  • Can monitor who you talk to (Accept/Reject and Blocking)
  • Talk to lots of people at once
  • Talk to people all over the world keep in contact with friends who have moved.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_advantages_and_disadvantages_of_instant_messaging Advantages 6. Disadvantages

  • Needs internet connection & computer
  • Viruses can be received via files
  • Can be distracting
  • Messages can be intercepted
  • You dont know who you are really talking to
  • Could cause a lot of pop-ups to appear

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_disadvantages_of_instant_messaging 7. Something that could be improved about instant messaging is that strange people or even perverts can add you and if it is a young child using the software they will not know how to delete the contact so to improve instant messaging it should be easier to delete contacts. Another improvement of messaging could be stop viruses being sent to people as this can have negative effects on your computer and even stop them from working How could it be improved? 8. Non internet alternatives

  • Letters
  • Phone calls
  • SMS
  • Sticky Notes
  • Verbal communication
  • Sign language
  • Semaphore
  • Morse code
  • Yodelling (not used often)
  • Smoke signals (used back in the day)

9. Advantages and disadvantages for two servicesAdvantages / Disadvantages of Instant Messaging Advantages Disadvantages

  • Easy to use
  • Real Time Fast Instant Response
  • Contact / Buddy List
  • Controlled access
  • View availability online
  • Security risks
  • Message interception
  • Virus via file transfer(bypasses virus scanning)
  • Privacy concerns
  • Can be distracting
  • Lack administration
  • Viewed as a Time Waster

Added Advantages of Secure IM Added Disadvantages of Secure IM

  • Less intrusive
  • Only authorized users have access
  • Saves money
  • Cheaper than phone calls
  • Security
  • Added security

Administration required User may have feelings of intrusionUser may lose access to personal contracts (non-organizations contacts) 10. Which onedo people use the most? 11. Screenshot of instant messaging 12. Bibliography

  • http://communication.howstuffworks.com/instant-messaging1.htm,by Jeff Tyson and Alison Cooperon Thursday, October 30, 2008. Accessed 9/02/2010
  • http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_advantages_and_disadvantages_of_instant_messaging
  • www.ehow.com
  • http://www.helium.com/items/313484-comparing-msn-and-yahoo-messenger
  • http://www.centernetworks.com/current-stats-and-commentary-on-the-instant-messenger-market
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