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1. The smiley was the first one of these. Now there are versions that frown, cry, scream, and much more. What is it?
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2. What do you call junk mail delivered through instant messaging?
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3. On the Internet, the familiar 404 error means "page not found." What does it mean as a chat abbreviation?
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4. What do you consult to check the availability and status of your IM contacts?
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5. Back in the 1960s, this computer-based training network offered the earliest instant messaging application. What was it? Hint: its acronym spells the name of a famous Greek philosopher.
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6. What year did the first computer smiley appear?
a. 1946
b. 1968
c. 1982
d. 1991
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7. This IM client was created as an open source, XML-based instant messaging platform. What is it?
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8. You can tell when your contacts are logged into IM because of this technology. What is it?
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9. SMS is a service for sending messages of up to 160 characters to mobile phones that use GSM communication. What does SMS stand for?
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10. Choke, CoolNow, and NewPic are three examples of this type of self-replicating coding that spreads through IM networks. What is it?
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This was last updated in August 2008

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