A Comparative Analysis of Instant Messaging

X. Wang and S. Manoharan (New Zealand)


Instant Messengers, Instant Messaging, Internet Chat, Pro tocol Comparison.


Instant Messaging (IM) is analogous to text messaging on mobile phones, but it operates over the Internet. Un like email, the conversation happens in real-time. Popular instant messaging applications include Yahoo, MSN, and AIM/ICQ. This paper compares some of the popular instant mes saging protocols based on the efficiency of message deliv ery, the loading of IM servers, the management of informa tion, the handling of authentications, and security.

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