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UnixReview: Instant Messaging Clients

Jul 10, 2003, 02:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)


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"There was a time when sys admins and others used a little program called talk to send quick messages to one another in real time. It was a means of communication that I will bet is largely unknown to most of the net-connected folk of today.

"Modern netizens were introduced to electronic communication through a much less interactive form of communication, the email message. These days, a new kind of communication has evolved--call it mini-email. The one-liner. The short and sweet message. The instant message. The net-connected society has grown to love those quick, always on, means of sending each other information. My own parents (who live in another province) send me daily one-line weather reports via their Linux instant messaging client. But are we just looking at a pleasant time waster?

"Instant messaging (IM) is no longer strictly the playground of teenagers or friends and family looking to keep in touch across the networked world. It is rapidly becoming a serious tool for business as well. In some environments, IM is being added to the list of business critical applications. Nothing beats being in constant touch with employees and team members, even if those people are scattered in offices around the globe. It's also a perfect means of communication for people on the move. Plug in, get online, and you are immediately available, wherever you are..."

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