BrainPOP

Email and IM

You’ve got mail! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the mysterious workings of email and IM. You’ll find out about the program your computer uses to read, write, and receive mail, and the simple definitions of complicated-sounding terms like SMTP and POP. You’ll learn where the addresses of computers are stored on the Internet, and see how YOUR computer goes about contacting your friends’ computers. Also, you’ll discover the differences between email and instant messaging, and how your IM client knows who’s online and available to chat! Finally, you’ll get a few important safety tips for all online communication. Now you’re ready to send!

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How does email work?

How does instant messaging work?

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