IBM Lotus Sametime's November 2007 release added IBM Lotus Sametime Gateway support for XMPP.
As of 2010, social networking providers often offer IM abilities.
During the bulletin board system (BBS) phenomenon that peaked during the 1980s, some systems incorporated chat features which were similar to instant messaging; Freelancin' Roundtable was one prime example.
The first created by Compu Serve executive Alexander "Sandy" Trevor in Columbus, Ohio.
Instant messaging (IM) technology is a type of online chat that offers real-time text transmission over the Internet.
Similar server-side chat features are part of most dating websites, such as OKCupid or Plentyof Fish.IM allows effective and efficient communication, allowing immediate receipt of acknowledgment or reply.However IM is basically not necessarily supported by transaction control.XMPP servers could act as gateways to other IM protocols, reducing the need to run multiple clients.Multi-protocol clients can use any of the popular IM protocols by using additional local libraries for each protocol.