182 mln people to use instant messaging in 2007

Radicati Group estimates that 1.2 bln spim have been sent this year, up from 400 mln last year. It says the rise of spim messages also corresponds to the massive growth in instant-messaging businesses. Ferris Research says that only 10 mln people used IM in 2002, but it predicts 182 mln people will use it in 2007. According to the Radicati Group, about 70% of spim messages direct users to pornographic websites, while 12% are finance and “get-rich-quick” plans. Consumer products for sale make up about 9% and loans or finance messages about 5%.