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Which is Better, Text Messaging or Instant Messenger?

This is a question the crossed my mind while I was talking to a friend online about plans we have on Wednesday to go out to dinner. I decided that my answer to this question that I’m posing (“Which is Better, Text Messaging or Instant Messenger?”) depends on the situation.

When I’m at work, I like using my instant messenger because I like typing on a keyboard (I can type 65-70 words per minute), and I also can focus on work and other projects while having a conversation through the IM window. This allows me to communicate with co-workers or friends without decreasing my work efficiency and content output.

However, when I’m at home or on the go, I definitely like text messaging better. Like I’ve mentioned before, I have a Palm Pre, so the full QWERTY keyboard allows me to still type fast. Also, unlike using an instant messenger, most of the time, my contacts don’t expect an instant answer, allowing me to respond to their question or comment when it is necessary for me. Texting is also usually quick to the point and gets things done, whereas at work, I usually use IM for chatting or long conversations about projects.

What does everyone else think? Do you prefer texting over using an instant messenger?


Do Seasons Affect Your Online or IM usage?

I don’t know about the rest of you out there, but I know that the season is strongly correlated to how much time I spend outside. As a result, my time spent online or using hosted instant messaging sometimes changes significantly. For example, in the winter, I’m more likely to be inside a lot since it is too cold to be outside. However, when the weather is nice in the spring or summer, I spend A LOT of time outside- laying by the pool, grilling outside, and walking or jogging outside. Nice weather makes me really happy and in a much better mood.

These are the 2 ways that seasons affect the amount of time I spend (and how I spend) my time online-
–mood: Since I am in a better mood overall during the spring, fall, and summer, I tend to be more social and helpful overall to the co-workers and business associates I talk to online. 🙂
–usage: As I stated earlier, if the weather is nicer, I’m much more likely to be outside, instead of being stuck inside on the computer. Even though this may not always be the case during working hours, I am more likely to take sometime off to vacation during the nicer months.

Do seasons affect your online, internet, and instant messaging use?


Global Communication


World Communication

Communication has reached an entirely new level with the invention of the internet and later, instant messaging. Now it is simple to communicate with people from all around the world. This has brought all different businessmen and women from the corners of the globe together to create new business ventures, increase revenue, and come up with bigger and better ideas. 

This could not be achieved without the invention of instant messaging. IM has now become vital for communicating with others internationally. It is affordable, easy to use, and readily available. Whether your IM need are just a free program for occasional use or an enterprise IM program to ensure the security of your workplace communication, there are plethora of developers out there that have many options available.

Type in ‘enterprise IM’ or ‘hosted instant messaging’ into a search engine, and you’ll end up with thousands of hits. The point being, instant messaging just isn’t about teens talking to their friends online after school anymore- it is a serious business tool that provides business owners, managers, freelancers, and international entrepreneurs with an easy and reliable outlet of communication. The future of instant messaging seems to be uncertain, but whatever it is, you can be sure that it will continue to be a vital business communication tool.


General Links

Mashable: A Brief History of the Status Update

Mashable did an article on April 8, 2009 about instant messaging and how it has evolved to include Twitter, Facebook, andother status update websites as part of online communication. The bare bones of instant messaging as we know it today has been around since the 1980s. The company now known as AOL invented the concept.

Because instant messaging has evolved so much in the past 20-30 years, one has to ask- where can it go next?

Well, that answer is easy. With internet communication comes a whole new flock of viruses, corrupt file transfers, and strangers sending you and your employees instant messages with links that take you to sites that host malware or worse. Basic instant messaging just isn’t going to cut it anymore, especially in the corporate world. This is where hosted and enterprise instant messaging comes in. A secure encrypted network (like the ones remotely hosted by Brosix) is the next logical step to secure all communication that is sent electronically, even though it is through instant messaging. 

It’s a sad fast that no internet communication is safe from hackers or others trying to corrupt your systems, computers, and networks, but developers are stepping up the plate to provide alternatives that will make companies and organizations feel more comfortable with their employees using instant messaging.

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Hello there, and welcome to the Hosted IM Spot. My name is Kelsey and I will be the main blogger for this blog. I hope to be a great resource for anyone who is looking for more information on hosted instant messaging networks, along with secure IM programs.

Enterprise instant messaging is on the horizon, in my opinion, of being a main type of communication for more than just teenagers. It is a great secure communication resource that can be used to interface with employees, co-workers, clients, and anyone else who would like to communicate without fear of viruses, unknown file transfers, or being inundated with advertisements and gadgets that the working professional has no need for.

With the IM abbreviations like  ‘OMG’ (oh my gosh/God), ‘JK’ (just kidding), and ‘LOL’ (laugh out loud) now being used in some people’s everyday spoken vocabulary, instant messaging has shown to be at the pinnacle of instant online digital communication.

Secure and hosted instant messaging programs for your workplace or organization is a great idea, for many reasons. Some of these include increased productivity (employees do not have to walk across the building to ask a question), instant response to questions/comments (if the person who has received the IM is at their desk), and a great way to share files and ideas without having to rely on sometimes faulty e-mail servers or slow processing times.

Welcome to the Hosted IM Spot. Let me know if you have any questions by e-mailing me at [email protected] or by AIM at kelsey7820. Thanks!