Typically, texting requires a mobile device and has character limits and restrictions on what types of media you can share. Texting is not always in real time. You can send a text and not get a reply back for hours or days, which is why it’s a very convenient way to interact. Instant messaging, on the other hand, is real-time conversation conducted primarily from computers. illumy brings you the best of both worlds with Persistent Messaging, which can operate from any device and allows all media types (text, emojis, giphys, pictures, voice, video, etc.) to be shared. Conversations can take place in real time or at your convenience, and you can start or resume a conversation from any device with your illumy account.