Chatting with Messages and FaceTime
In This Chapter
Setting up an account
Chatting about other chat applications
Adding your best buddies
Chatting via text, audio, and video
Calling other Apple devices with FaceTime
The idea behind instant messaging (IM) is that you communicate with someone over the Internet by using text, audio, or video — and it’s all free. (Well, it’s sort of free, when you ignore the fact that you’re probably paying your broadband Internet provider a pretty penny every month so you can access the Internet.)
Now you can swap messages with your friends, chat in real time across the planet, and even see each other through live video windows while you speak. Instant messaging offers another way for you to communicate with anyone in the world, using an Internet connection and your Mac.
By using your Mac’s Messages app, you can exchange basic ...