Definition - What does Real-Time Chat mean?
Real-time chat can be any direct text-based or video-based (using webcams) one-to-one chat or one-to-many group chats by means of tools like instant messengers (IMs), talkers, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and multi-user dungeons (MUDs).
Techopedia explains Real-Time Chat
Chat messages are often brief so as to let other participants respond swiftly, thereby creating a feeling much like a spoken conversation. This mode of communication differentiates real-time chats from other forms of text-based online communications, including emails and Internet forums. Real-time chat uses Web-based apps, which permit communication that is usually addressed directly but is anonymous among users in a multi-user environment.
Common real-time chat programs and protocols include:
- Apple's Messages
- Google Talk
- AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
- Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
- RetroShare (encrypted)
- Windows Live Messenger
- Google+ Hangouts
- Miranda IM
- IBM Sametime