Communication over the internet

VOIP (Voice Over I.P)

VoIP is a technology that allows telephone calls to be made over computer networks like the Internet. VoIP converts analog voice signals into digital data packets and supports real-time, two-way transmission of conversations using Internet Protocol (IP).


Advantages

It is free if you have internet usage - No phone bill

Can be used with mobile devices if you have 3G

Much easier to talk rather then type

Can include expressions and tone of voice


Disadvantages

You need internet access

Slow connections can cause latency which affect real time conversations

Only works over the internet

No phone number allocated to use with normal phone



I.M (Instant Messaging)

Abbreviated IM, a type of communications service that enables you to create a kind of private chat room with another individual in order to communicate in real time over the Internet, analagous to a telephone conversation but using text-based, not voice-based, communication. Typically, the instant messaging system alerts you whenever somebody on your private list is online. You can then initiate a chat session with that particular individual.


Advantages

Quick and easy to communicate real time

Can work in groups

Can look through convos and decide whether or not to join in

Can be accessed through smart phones


Disadvantages

Need internet connection

Latency can cause convos to not be in real time

Overuse can cause less face to face contact

Conversations lack emotions

Use of texts can affect English skills

Easier to chat then type

Social Networking

The use of a dedicated Web site to communicate informally with other members of the site, by posting messages, photographs, etc.



Adavantages

Can connect to many at once

Can arrange events

Can share personal information

can personalize own space

Share favorites websites and news


Disadvantages

You need internet access

Privacy issues