One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A message sent via the Internet that appears on the recipient's screen as soon as it is transmitted.
- ‘For the vast majority of its users, the Internet represents e-mail and instant messaging.’
- ‘Apparently movies flop because of texting, instant messaging and email.’
- ‘Blame it on its ability to let you do instant messaging, or real time messaging with your buddies all around the world.’
- ‘What other MSN or any instant messaging pet peeves do you have?’
- ‘For a long time instant messaging has allowed computer users to communicate over the internet using a text-based chat service.’
- ‘With respect to an online dating service you could use Skype to allow someone to actually talk to the other person, rather than use instant messaging.’
Send (someone) an instant message.
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