Online Communications – Coming of Age

E-mail, instant messaging, blogs, RSS, forums and mailing lists: What’s Next? How do we keep Internet communication simple? Let’s start by taking a look at the different methods used to communicate on the web. It is important to understand the nuances and benefits of different forms. E This is the most popular method of communication. Users typically use desktop software to receive, read and reply to messages. Some users of Web-based e-mail and manage messages in a web browser like Internet Explorer. The fall of the email communication is that anyone can send email messages to another person if they have (or guess) the correct email address. The Achilles heel of this system is its simplicity and universal popularity. Email accounts are often burdened by spam or unsolicited email.

Despite software developers having created complex spam filters and legislators have introduced new laws against spam, the problem persists and spam continues to burden email as a messaging medium. Email Clients – Spam Software – Instant messaging Instant messaging allows users to chat in real time. Users can send text messages to anyone online and receive immediate answers if the user is also online. The “instant” fad gave way to parental fears as children made “friends” online. And there is no way to confirm if “friends” are those who represent themselves, and several security holes, instant messaging has taken a back seat in Internet communication. Instant Messaging – Blogs online magazines and newspapers every day have taken over. Some blogs are interactive, allowing users to respond and comment on posts. Location subject of specific blogs to provide relevant and interesting content on a day can be a challenge. The nature of a blog is to contain the new public content. As our lives become more complicated than the blogs that are abandoned because they require constant updating.

Blog Links – RSS RSS is the most promising and genuine messaging as a means to communicate. RSS files are produced as XML files and designed to provide content summaries of news or information. The major benefit of RSS is that it has the problems inherent to send spam, users opt-in to the RSS feeds of interest. RSS Specifications – Forums / Newsgroups A forum is an online discussion group. Forums can be newsgroups, or can be web-based discussion groups. Forums have proven themselves as valuable business resources – often creating communities of customers helping customers. Without moderation and oversight that can potentially create a hostile environment. Message Board Software – Liststervs listservs are programs of the mailing list to communicate with other people who have subscribed to the same list. The use of email, you can participate in mailing lists related to their topics of interest. When you send a message to the server, the message is transmitted to everyone on the mailing list. Receive messages from other participants via e-mail. Yahoo Groups – What’s Next? Internet communication is intrinsically tied to the hardware options available. Wireless technology has accelerated the development of messaging software, opening the market to a dizzying array of devices for web access. If that were once tied to a keyboard and mouse, we’ll soon be surfing the web with our voices from a moving automobile, or browsing via screens in our glasses, with tiny cameras reading our eye movements to move the cursor and make selections. Our interactive conversations will include more participants and more than once. Evaluation of the many options and choose what works best for you is the first step to communicate effectively on the web.

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