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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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0 Offers Offline Messaging, Conversation Logging and Enough Room on the Buddy List to Fit Up to 1,000 Buddies
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.
With the new AIM Obopay plugin, we make it even easier by allowing AIM desktop users to send money directly from their AIM Buddy List to another AIM user's cell phone.
Plug this elegant little tube into the Mac via FireWire and iChat A/V ($29) automatically boots; friends on your AIM buddy list or on your LAN via Rendezvous can be chatted with via video at 30 frames per second.
But for all the advantages many families and experts see in instant messaging, some adolescents say that they simply do not want their parents on their buddy list.
8 Now Available; Offers New Open API for Developers to Build Mini-Applications for the Buddy List
As well as sharing their location, AIM users can see the locations of friends on their AIM Buddy List feature who are also using the AIM Location plugin.