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Getting Started on IM: How to Join the IM Community

Are you a beginner to IM? This handy guide will show you how to get started on your own IM client, from creating your account to getting your own messenger download on your computer or mobile device. Once you have joined a network, we'll even show you how to set up your IM client!
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