If you have every wondered what it takes to connect with friends and relatives over an instant messenger, you are in the right place. In this step-by-step guide, we will explore how instant messaging works, from signing in to your favorite IM client to sending and receiving a message across the network.
Choosing an Instant Messaging Client
When you first set out to join an IM network, you must choose a client, a software application designed to create a connection between your computer and the network's server.
There are six types of IM clients, including single-protocol, multi-protocol, web-based, enterprise, mobile app and portable IMs. Regardless of which type you choose, they all connect the same way.