A status message is a function of some instant messaging applications whereby a user may post a message that appears automatically to other users if they attempt to make contact.
What Is Status
A status message can tell other contacts the user’s current status, such as being busy or what the user is currently doing. It is analogous to the voice message in an answering machine or voice mail system. However, status messages may be displayed even if the person is present.
They are often updated much more frequently than messages in answering machines, and thus may serve as a means of instant, limited “publication” or indirect communication. Generally, Available status is denoted by a green dot while the busy status is denoted by a red dot on most of the Instant Messengers
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