AFTER COMPLETING THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
Define the most popular methods for communicating in real time over the Internet.
Define how Internet Relay Chat (IRC) organizes conversations into channels.
Enter Web-based chat rooms on the Internet and engage other users in meaningful real-time conversations.
Configure an instant messaging (IM) client so you can IM your buddies over the Internet.
Configure your computer for videoconferencing and participate in conversations that let you see and hear your conversants.
Understand the purposes of and the distinctions between a MUD, a MOO, and a MUSH.
Set up your own private chat room on the Internet.

INTERNET LITERACY RESOURCES:

Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
 

You can participate in an IRC chatroom by downloading and installing one of the clients below or by visiting one of the websites and using a web-based interface. Find a chatroom to participate or lurk in. Did you have a hard time following the conversation with many people involved?

Trillian


Ircle


IrCQ-Net

Top Ten Tricks and Tips for New IRC Users

100 Top Chat Sites




 Instant Messaging
 

When you choose an instant messaging client, you'll want to use the one that others you want to communicate with are also using and one that runs on your computer. Follow the links to download and install one of these clients and then communicate with one of your friends.


ICQ
AOL Instant Messenger
MSN Messenger
Yahoo! Messenger

IM invasion: top chat apps compared

CNET's Instant Messengers List
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Whiteboards and Real-Time Conferences
 

Each of these links provide the means to work with a partner over the Internet on the same files. Try this with a friend. Were you able to work together successfully?


NetMeeting WebEx
MS Live Meeting


MUDs, MOOs, and MUSHes
 

You can only begin to appreciate a MUD, MOO or MUSH by visiting one and participating. Find a MUD to try out using the MUD Connector and then use your MUD client or Telnet software to participate. Did the experience meet your expectations? Were you able to get comfortable moving around in the environment?


zMUD Client
MUD FAQs
What's a MUSH?
The History of MUDs
The MUD Connector
TappedIn

MMOGs and MMORPGs
 

Have you ever tried a MMOG or MMORPG? Do you think this is a good way to play games and is it a useful way to learn with others?

AWE
Asymmetric Warfare Environment
Ace of Angels Jump Gate
The Sims Online EverQuest Asheron's Call


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