For reasons obvious to those who frequent “chat rooms”, chatting is one of the most popular activities on the Internet. It is indeed one of the big selling features of the online services. In fact at one time the online services were the only place most people could go for Real Time Chat.
“Chatting” is done using “user names” or “nicknames.” No real names are used. Be advised that with any anonymous encounter the risk of being deceived is high. Our advise is: Be yourself, have fun, and in the words of X-Files’ Chris Carter…”trust no one.”
Chat rooms may seem a little intimidating at first. It is suggested that one listens (or “reads” as the case may be) before speaking (or “typing). If it seems like the participants are speaking a foreign language it’s because they are! With more than 500,000 human-edited entries, Acronym Finder is the world’s largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Combined with the Acronym Attic, Acronym Finder contains more than 3 million acronyms and abbreviations.
If your are currently subscribing to an online service such as America Online you can go directly to a chat room and begin chatting. If you are accessing the Internet through an ISP you may need to obtain special software.
The most popular software is AOL’s Instant Messenger. You do not need to be a AOL subscriber to use the software and it’s free! Instant messaging allows you to quickly exchange messages with your online friends. Unlike email, instant messages appear as soon as they’re sent.
Several other “messengers” are also available. MSN Messenger is easy to use, delivers great voice and video quality, and enables cool, new innovation with lots of other products and services you use every day.
Yahoo’s Instant Messenger also allows you to communicate by sending video images.
Lycos has something new called the Lycos Community Desktop. It allows you to Chat and Instant Message with your Buddies and other Lycos Communities members. Also send pictures, MP3 audio, and other files instantly to online members.
ICQ (short for ‘I Seek You’) is about creating simple, massively popular ways to communicate online. From the first internet-wide instant messenger launched in 1996, ICQ is CNET’s all time most popular download and was labeled the world’s fastest growing community. Today, with over 150 million registered users, ICQ stands for messaging on any platform, incredible global reach, one of the largest and most active global communities, and by far the coolest way to find, meet people & connect.
Here are the most popular “chat” websites:
Talk to friends in a variety of themed chat rooms, plus try voice chat or webcams.
Features over 50 chatrooms and 20 discussion boards.
Teen chat in a 3D environment with avatars.
ICQ.com: ICQ Chat Rooms
Offers a directory of public chat rooms available for users of the ICQ messenger service.
ChatDanger offers advice to parents and children on safety in online chat rooms. This website was created to inform young people about the potential dangers and ways of keeping safe in interactive areas online, such as chatrooms, instant messenger, online games and email, and also via mobile phones. The aim of the site is very much to inform and empower users of these services, so they can use these services safely.