Internet Surfers Big on IM

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NEW YORK — More than 41 million people used at least one of the four major instant messaging applications during the month of May, according to the latest report from Nielsen/NetRatings. That number represents nearly 40 percent of the active Internet surfing population.

In addition, nearly 12.6 million office workers, or 31 percent of total at-work Internet surfers, used instant messaging during the same time period.

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