‘Instant messaging is one of the simple pleasures of the Internet. You just type and send, and your online buddy has your message in an instant.
But now, many of the major instant-messaging services are making things more complicated by piling on audio and video chats, games, photo sharing, animated greetings, Internet radio channels and more. Also, some of the latest messaging programs include advertising.
Instant messaging remains a free service, but the providers are in business to make money, of course. All these extra features are aimed at attracting folks to pay services such as Internet phone calls, music downloading and enhanced online radio.’
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