Teenage chat rooms
The chat product, called People Connection, had a variety of rooms for people interested in such topics as genealogy and strategy games.
Schober remembers a ticker dubbed “Network News,” a kind of virtual community newsletter that would let people know when certain chat rooms had a special guest or were discussing certain topics.
Apparently people don’t feel constrained by interacting with the people they know — they feel comforted by it.
But what, exactly, happen to the chat rooms Parker so fondly remembers?
All of your interactions online are constrained by the people you already know.” (MORE: Chatroulette 2.0?
The company was positioned perfectly for the onset of the Internet Age.Around 2000, however, I found myself drawn more to AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) than I did to AOL’s chat rooms.Launched in 1997, AIM became widespread once it was made available to non-subscribers in 1998.Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like made gaming in chat rooms seem antiquated.There were, in short, a lot more options for people who wanted to interact online.