ICMP is not normally used by end-users or to send messages. It's main use is in diagnostics and checking that the network is functioning correctly.

ICMP is just one communications protocol on the web. Others include:

  • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
  • User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
  • Post Office Protocol (POP3)
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)

ICMP on Wikipedia

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