Communication online

VOIP, Instant messaging, Social networks

VoIP

VoIP stands for voice over internet protocol. It allows to communicate via sound rather than text, its like a telephone call over the internet.


Advantages:

* Free if you have unlimited internet access.

* It can be used with mobile devices - 3G is preferable though.


Disadvantages:

* You can only use VoIP if you have internet access.

* If you have slow connection in can cause latency.

* It doesn't have a telephone number - so you can't use with a normal telephone.

I.M (Instant Messaging)

Instant messaging uses real time communication to allow a 'virtual' conversation. It allows two or more people to communicate with each other.


Advantages:

* Its a quick way of communicating and it is instant. (Real time)

* You can see a conversation and then decide if you want to take part, it also allows you to work together with others.

* It can be accessed through a large variety of portable devices: like phones, PDA's.


Disadvantages

* Internet access is a necessity.

* If you use it a lot and often it can reduce the time spent face to face with other people.

* There is a lack of emotion in the conversations as you can't see the other persons facial expressions.

* The use of improper language could effect English skills.

* It is easier to talk to someone than to type.

Social networks

Social networks are online communities which allow groups of people to communicate with each other. They can communicate through chat, messaging, videos, pictures and you can also create events.


Advantages:

* Can connect with lots of people at once.

* You can arrange events.

* You can share personal information and personalize your space/ account.

* Share websites and news


Disadvantages:

* You need to have internet access of some sort.

* It can cause privacy problems.

Key words

Latency: The time delay between the moment something is sent or said and the time it takes for it to be seen or heard.


ISP: Internet service provider.


Real time: The actual time that something is happening.


3G: Third generation wireless for mobile data.