As communications habits shift in favor of digital media such as email, text messaging, chats or instagram, it's increasingly common to need to describe the parties involved in a message exchange.
Generally, an exchange involves a sender and one or more recipients.
There is a decent set of nouns one can use to describe the sending party: author, sender, poster.
I'm looking for a simple word that can be used to describe the receiving party. Alternatives include recipient, addressee, and receiver, but I would much prefer an alternative that has fewer than 3 syllables and is not as long.
I haven't found anything shorter than 'receiver'. Does anyone have suggestions?