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A message in its most general meaning is an object of communication. It is something which provides information; it can also be this information itself. Therefore, its meaning is dependent upon the context in which it is used; the term may apply to both the information and its form. A communiqué is a brief report or statement released by a public agency.
In communications science
- Any thought or idea expressed in a language, prepared in a form suitable for transmission via media as a form of communication.
- An arbitrary amount of information whose beginning and end are defined or implied.
- A verbal message is an exchange of information using words. Examples include face-to-face communication, telephone calls, voicemails, etc.
- A nonverbal message is communicated through actions or behaviors rather than words. Examples include the use of body language and the actions made by an individual idea.
Modern forms of messaging
- Instant messaging, text messaging and e-mail are examples of computer software designed for delivering human-readable messages in formatted or unformatted text, from one person to another.