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Let's say x is in conversation to y. When x sends a message to y, the message is sent to the AIM server. The server sees that this message is designated to be received by y, and the AIM server passes the message to y. Now let's say that y wants to reply to x with a picture. AIM makes you make a direct connection for this. Now when y sends the picture, it goes directly to x, completely bypassing the AIM server. Be careful who you direct connect with, since this is also a way for hacker's to attack your computer. They can't do that when the AIM server is the middle-man.

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