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Instant Messaging FAQ

 

What is Instant Messaging?

Instant Messaging (IM) is a way to communicate with others on the Internet. People can type messages back and forth and have a real-time conversation.

How do I get started using IM?

First, you need to sign up for a username with one of the three major IM networks: AOL, Yahoo! or MSN. If you already have a Yahoo! or Hotmail (MSN) email account, you can use your username to login into instant messaging services.

Once you have a IM username/screen name, there are two ways to use IM:

How do I contact LFPL?

Don't forget to add us to your buddy/contact list. Then you'll always be just one click away from a chat with our reference staff.

Where can I learn more about IM?

You'll find an excellent article covering a variety of topics related to instant messaging at the Howstuffworks website.

Last Updated: 11/06/2007