While in a online conversation(by typing), how do you let know the other person that you are there listening to him/her? I suppose it would be annoying to type 'okay' or 'yes' all the time and right now, I use 'Hmmm' or 'mmm' as if I am nodding my head to what he says. I am not sure this is the right way or is there something better?
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No, it's not correct. "Hmm" would imply that you're either thinking about it, or it can also sound that you are in some way suspicious of what's being discussed.
Generally, the accepted way to show that you're listening without making any specific commentary is to say things like "yeah" and "go on" whilst they're talking, especially during a pause. It sounds much more like you're listening and paying attention than a "hmm" does.