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OS X® Mountain Lion Tips and Tricks by Jason R. Rich

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5. Communicating Effectively with Messages

In This Chapter

• The difference between instant messages and text messages

• Using Apple’s iMessage network for free with Messages

• Communicating with other AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, and Google Talk users

• Exploring key features of the Messages app

As a method of communication using a computer, instant messaging (IMing) is nothing new. It allows you to send and receive text messages with other people in real time who are also using the same instant messaging network and who are online at the same time. Popular instant messaging services include Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, Facebook Messenger, Google Talk, and MSN Live Messenger. Instant messaging enables you to have virtual conversations using text-based ...

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