A popular feature of the Internet is called 'chatting'.
You can use a variety of programs to chat in real time to another person who is also connected to the Internet.
There are several chatting programs that require you to download the software for their program before you can actually do
the chatting. ICQ is one such example.
ICQ - This program lets you put people on your approved list and know when they are online and chat just with people you want to. This is a very popular program and is a very good program. Get it now while it is free! Once you have ICQ, you can also join ICQ chat rooms.