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IM (Instant Messaging)

Instant messaging (IM) is a chat technology for sending real-time text messages online. When someone sends an IM with a computer or mobile device, the recipient is alerted. A pop-up screen shows the brief message, which prompts the recipient to respond right back. This push-style communication can include features like emojis, file transfers, and video chats. An instant messenger can be a standalone mobile app, computer software, or part of social media. Compared to a public chatroom, IM occurs between two people who know each other or are part of a contact list.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About IM (Instant Messaging)

IM became popular for personal communication with AOL instant messenger. Since then, IM has expanded into the workplace. Small and midsize businesses can use IM for private chats and file sharing. It improves communication, collaboration, and productivity.

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