Posts Tagged ‘instant messaging’

Webcam

October 6, 2007

A webcam is a camera, often low-resolution, that is linked to your computer. It can be built in, or added as an attachment. Realtime images from the camera can then be transmitted to other users via a broadband connection.

Webcams are often used for video instant messaging, and for security purposes (a webcam can be left running in an empty property and the pictures transmitted to the work pc of the home owner, for example).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Instant Messaging – IM

August 14, 2007

Instant messaging, often shortened to IM, involves the sending of messages in real time between people who are online simultaneously. It differs from email messaging where messages are sent and can be downloaded and read at a later date.

IM also benefits from having fewer steps to go through to send a message, so it works well as an instant conversation. IM services often include other features such as the ability to send files and documents, and to view the person you are speaking to using a webcam and microphone.

A downside to IM is that users may need to be on the same IM service in order to communicate (although that is starting to change).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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