It is as if your ID had a typewriter. In a world where everything is instant, the delaying and censoring mechanisms that contributed to a civilized life are gone. – Maureen Dowd
One of the most growing forms of communication is instant messaging. Whether you’re at home or at work it lets you stay connected and be up to date. It helps people around the world to send quick text messages, make calls or exchange instant media. A message takes little time to reach the other person, no matter the distance. While you are in a chat room, you get the opportunity to see a full transcription of your conversation.
How does it work?
Most IM programs are connected to an Internet IM company that sends information between users. The information is verified using users’ identity and authentication. So when you logged in to your IM account it starts to connect to particular company’s server, Google or Yahoo for example. Then you’ll see the full list of your contacts that are currently online. Occasionally you’ll notice the status of your friends “online”, “busy” or “offline”- depends on whether a person is using his/her computer. So what happens when you send a message to another person? It travels from IM client to the IM server directly to your contact so the window pops up on his/her window. The message goes back and forth between the client and server, as you continue your chat. Other tasks, such as sending a file, is easy enough as well. It saves your time and gives the ability to share pictures, audio or video content directly to another person with almost no delay.
5 most popular IM programs:
WhatsApp Available for iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and Nokia. It has a simple and clean interface and allows group chat, photo, video and audio media. Featuring backup to iCloud and automatically save in message media. Great for friends chat and long distance conversations. No API for developers. WhatsApp uses a customized version of the open standard Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)
Facebook Messanger. Since last August, Facebook made its messenger the only way of communication via Facebook on tablets and smartphones. Offers free WiFi calls as well as pictures and video exchange. Has a variety of stickers to express your mood. Fun if you’re into that sort of thing. The instant messaging client connects to Facebook Chat via the Jabber/XMPP service.
Viber. No-strings-attached free service that provides high-quality VoIPcalls via 3G, 4G or WiFi. Automatically syncing up your contacts for easy communication set up. And it’s available for almost all mobile platforms. Share photos and videos with your friends and family. With Viber you can message for free and make calls on the go with those who have a Viber account but you need to pay a rate for a call to a regular number.
GChat. (Google Hangouts) Great form communication for a casual office environment. Most of businesses use Gmail so it is very convenient to stay in touch with colleagues and co-workers. The app support animation, video and picture content as well as audio and video group calls. Uses the standard XMPP for authentication.
Telegram. Messaging application since October 2013 and is limited to iOS and Android only. Being completely free, it’s the fastest chat app between users to date. The highest level of security gained by using end to end encryption. You can’t forward a message to others, though. Providing API for developers, it is completely open source. Group chat with up to 100 people with custom ringtones for each of your friends. Send data up to 1Gb. No option like voice message yet, but an easy to use interface and the ability to say no to annoying ads. Uses new and much safer MTProto Mobile Protocol.
Maintaining a perspective vision Letzgro reflect on the current trajectory and implement user-friendly design and experience to create iOS and Android applications. A slight course adjustment can make a huge difference if you want to scale up your instant messaging to millions of active connections: reliability and easy to send/receive messages, simple intuitive interface with additional options like sending voice, video recordings, and photo media to exchange the full perspective chat-picture. Deliver your message instantly everywhere around the world with no effort.