Circa 1990-something, a chatroom was a place you could virtually go to interact with other people. This was before AOL’s free instant messaging service, AIM, took over. Maybe later when you weren’t tying up the phone line while logged on to the Internet (only the lucky could do both at the same time). In AOL chatrooms, you could chose from one of the MANY categories and enter a chatroom to find a bunch of fucking weirdos saying weird fucking things to one another. You were all about maximizing the amount of people you talked to online, and the best way to do that was through the chatroom. On AIM, you could create your own “private” chatrooms, inviting only people you knew to them — which became the cool way to socialize outside of school (or at school if you were in “keyboarding class” or something). TYPES OF CHATROOMS We briefly touched on this before, but there were a lot of different types of chatrooms out there on AOL. It was almost like being on Craigslist in realtime without having to click on any advertisements. Must enter the science fiction/Harry Potter chatroom now. After mommy and daddy upgraded your AOL account from AOL Kids Only to the big leagues, ridding of parental controls, you went HAM online. Basically, it was like if Reddit and Craigslist had a child. Comment sections weren’t as interactive as they are now, so trolls found a way to live a second life (if they even had a first life) in public chatrooms with their cyber friendz (yes I meant to spell that with a z). You could enter a chatroom to talk about music (like, there may or may not have been a chatroom dedicated to “Nsync”) or Pokemon cards or your homework (why would anyone do that) or… For instance, if you entered a chatroom about Nsync, there were probably 3-4 people bashing the band already. I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m sure many fat old men were sitting naked at their computers messaging people in chatrooms hoping to find a young girl to cyber with.
Occasionally, you would see the infamous question “A/S/L.” Age, sex, location. How many 42 year old men were pretending to be 13 year old boys? People you interacted with in chatrooms became people you would dub “friends.” Like, if I never talked to so-and-so in real life, but I had been in chatrooms with him or her, NBD.
You either had a bunch of friends/aquaintances in a chatroom being all like “hi” “hi” “what’s up” “nmu” “nm” “cool” … I said it before and I’ll say it again – FUCKING TROLLS.
And the real lovers of chatrooms have most likely moved on to such activities.
A lot of different colors and fonts (but mostly comic sans). Most of the time though, these chatrooms were harmless. The amount of time I spent in chatrooms, and the amount of time I spent waiting to be invited to chatrooms was ridiculous.
or you had a bunch of girls shit talking people leading to someone printing out the convo and bringing it to school to start some majorrrrr Dr Am A.
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