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instant messaging

n.
The transmission of an electronic message over a computer network using software that immediately displays the message in a window on the screen of the recipient.

instant messaging

n
(Computer Science) computing the online facility that allows the instant exchange of written messages between two or more people using different computers or mobile phones. Abbreviation: IM

instant messaging

A program that allows users to communicate with each other instantaneously using typed messages.
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Most IM programs open a buddy list that shows which of your contacts are online and available.
The Nimbuzz application takes advantage of Android capabilities with home-screen notifications that alert the user on the home screen of activities such as incoming chats while the application runs in the background, as well as a time-sensitive user interface option that detects how long the user presses on a contact in the buddy list. A fast-click instantly opens the contacts profile, while a long-click opens a live chat window.
Another option is to have your buddy list embedded in your browser window.
We address this contradiction by noting a key exception to the assumption that 'a user's IM buddy list is populated by people they already know'.
Your buddy list at meebo.com will light up when someone visits your page and then you can double click on their name to strike up a conversation.
Users of the software--which includes desktop connectors for the Smart Team, Enovia, MFG Hub, and 3D XML--navigate through the interface via a standardized compass-like control that gives access to 3D search, navigation, contextual buddy list, and an alert/dialog box at every level.
in their buddy list. As a 'presence' technology, IM allows users to see when the librarian is online, and to ask questions quickly and easily.
These online acts included making contact with people in a variety of venues, talking about sex with unknown people, putting unknown people on one's buddy list, making rude or nasty comments to someone else, and intentionally visiting X-rated sites.
Take the new 'buddy list', which replaced the 'find a player' option.
In addition the device offers built-in voice recognition, a speakerphone and built-in Pocket MSN, enabling users to access a separate inbox for Hotmail messages, view their buddy list and chat with contacts instantly.
In the future, the company is looking to connect the PayPal and Skype technologies by allowing PayPal account holders to automatically send money to anyone on their Skype buddy list. With the addition of Skype, eBay has created a powerful partnership including online payment technology, voice communications and e-commerce.
The frame owner pays a small monthly fee for the server space maintained by Ceiva, but the Buddy List is offered at no charge.