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A type of communications service that enables you to create a private chat room with another individual. Typically, the instant messaging system alerts you whenever somebody on your private list is online. You can then initiate a chat session with that particular individual.

There are several competing instant messaging systems. Unfortunately, there's no standard, so anyone you want to send instant messages to must use the same instant messaging system that you use.


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Outstanding Page Mirabilis home page
Home page of Mirabilis, creators of ICQ software. The site contains links to ICQ overview information, directories, a software download link, technical support, and company information. Updated on Aug 3, 1998

  AOL Instant Messenger
Home page for AOL's Instant Messenger (AIM) system. You can download the free AIM software from here. Updated on Jul 16, 1998

  Guide to Internet Conferencing
From the Mining Company, this site offers articles and links to information for videoconferencing, instant messaging, web telephony, and audioconferencing.

  Instant Messaging Resource List
Part of a 4-part article in Web Review (June, 1997) that describes instant messaging systems. This page contains links to many of the leading instant messaging systems, including AOL's Instant Messenger (AIM), ICQ and PeopleLink. Updated on Jul 2, 1998

  PeopleLink
Home page of PeopleLink, one of the leading providers of instant messaging services. Updated on Jul 18, 1998

  Yahoo! Pager
Home page for Yahoo!'s instant messaging system called Yahoo! Pager. You can download the free software from here. Updated on Jul 31, 1998

  Yahoo!'s instant messaging page
Yahoo!'s directory of instant messaging. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

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