Chat rooms are the most popular and most visited on the internet today. The origin of these places is quite intriguing. Chat rooms have humble beginnings that everyone who goes to them should know. We should never take for granted the luxuries that have been afforded to us by the people before us and their hard work. Chat rooms, it feels, have been around for a long time. However, it is not as long as one may think. They have only been around for about 20 years. That’s not very long in the grand scheme of things. The history if the internet chat room is enthralling, and the growth of these places is astonishing.
The internet had interesting beginnings only being utilized by Universities across the southwestern US in the late 60’s. The internet was called ARPANet originally. It has grown exponentially into what we have today. One very crucial portion of the internet is chat rooms. These sites are used by almost everyone around the world today. Chat rooms connect people in many different situations and environments. Chat rooms are one of the fastest growing parts of the internet throughout its history..
Communication through the internet began on bulletin boards and multi user domains. During the 70’s there was an adventure game that spread throughout colleges everywhere that is said to have helped with the birth of the IRC (Internet Relay Chat). The IRC was created by Jarkko “WiZ” Oikarinen in Finland. The IRC’s birthday is late August 1988. Mr. Oikarinen wanted to initially extend the BBS software at Oulu University but it became something more. Once the first irc network was allowed to be used outside of Oulu, Universities very soon followed. By November the Chat service spread like wild fire. The IRC operates on networks of servers that relay messages in real time back and forth between computers on the same network. All of the chat rooms that we are familiar with today are based on the IRC. The IRC is still used today.
The evolution of chat is ever expanding. Chat began as text chatting. This is where users talk in real time with messages being transferred through the computer from screen to screen. This is the most common type of chatting. In the past few years voice chatting has begun to expand and is now very popular. This type of chatting requires a mic and speakers. It is very much like using a telephone but through the computer instead. Today we have video chat which is fairly new to the world of chatting. This requires your computer to have a built-in camera or a store bought camera to transfer images back and forth between the users in live feed. Video, voice and text have been combined today to be the ultimate experience in chatting today.
Many web sites have online chat rooms. This is called web chat. One way that is common is through Java. Java is a computer language that makes it possible for users to chat. New browsers are compatible with this communication language built in. There are sites which offer many chat rooms or may just have one. There are many options. There is now the ability for instant messaging. IMs have become very popular because instant messaging can notify you when friends are on and allow one-on-one chatting. Instant messaging can also allow you to talk too many at once, like in a group setting. The popular IM services are AIM, MSN, and Yahoo. Instant messaging is the “in” thing today. Voice chat enables the chatters to talk to each other without having to type, as I said before it’s like being on the phone. Now we have Video that allows users to see each other and what they are doing. This coupled with voice has become all the rage on the internet today.
Chat rooms are now being used in businesses as well. Businesses set up chat rooms for their clients and customers so that they can get help with new products. Now a customer can go online and get help from experts in a chat room which makes it easier for them to communicate instead of sitting on hold for a long period of time on the phone. Also, chat rooms for businesses make it easier to hold meetings where employees are all over the world. Now with video and voice it takes meetings to a whole other level, instead of the old conference call ways.
There are some major players today in the world of chatting. The long standing Im players are MSN, Yahoo, and AIM (from AOL). Two other ultimate chatting experience providers are USAChatNow and Pal Talk. These places provide online chat rooms and/or communities that are family based and are very safe. Many people do not know that there was a battle for top spot when it came to developing an expansion of the IRC. Commodore international created Quantum Link, better known today after the name change as America Online (AOL). This was the first real time chat for the masses and was in many homes across America and the world.. Instant messaging became the hottest thing to do next. AIM (America online Instant Messaging) debuted in 1997. Following AIM was Yahoo! Messenger in 1998; And finally MSN in 1999. Funny this wonderful capability of instant messaging that many of us use today came about only 10 years ago.
Chat rooms allow you to communicate with another, or many other, people in a real time setting. You are able to have conversations with people around the corner from you, or around the world. Chatting allows users to converse with people they might never be able to talk to in real life. There are different types of chat rooms: open chats, where people can talk about anything and everything; topic-focused chat rooms where people discuss a single topic; and moderated chat rooms where the rooms are controlled by moderators and admin’s to control what goes on and to make the users chatting experience safer. The majority of chat rooms today occurs online and is set up by service providers like AOL and MSN, or through the IRC program.
Chatting has evolved to such a wonderful level. Many may ask themselves, why use or join a chat room? Here a just a few reason I think anyone and everyone should join a chat room or community.
To be a part of a chat community or online family.
Formal or informal meetings
There are always things to remember when chatting online. All chat rooms are NOT created equal and some things are very important to remember for safety reasons. There are general rules to being involved in chat rooms that help make the experience more enjoyable. The most common rule is to respect your fellow chatters. It is so easy communicating effectively when you are respected. Strong language which is vulgar should also be avoided. If you are the kind of person who has a hard time with strong language, it is time to train yourself on how to use a proper and acceptable language. Remember, you will put your reputation at stake when you constantly use bad language. Other rules of a general chat include the following. If you want to start a private or person-to-person chat, you need to ask for permission. You must also, if in a cam chat, ask permission to look at someone’s cam. It is vital that you look for the rules of the particular service you are using. This is because some rules are a bit unique to particular sites. Another exciting rule you will find is that members have the right to refuse to reply to a chat message or refuse a peek at a cam. If someone tells you no just move along to the next interesting person you may find. Try to never get offended by someone that does not want to chat with you.
You are also under no obligation to give out personal information. Also, you might have information that is not personal but, without the will to part with it. When it comes to details about you, you are your own master and, you will give information as you wish. In certain chats, people are not allowed to give personal information without exchanging several messages. This is mainly to ensure safety. In certain general chats, you will find that discussion about contraband is prohibited. There are other topics that might be prohibited because of the implications. Also, do not attempt to market your business on chats. This is not good business.
When choosing your name, make sure that it is not offensive.. You must be very careful not to send out certain messages that are not acceptable to the service you are using. Have fun with a name. It is anonymity at its best. In many chats, physical cyber relations are not allowed. Also, many chats will not accept language with particular overtones. There are more rules you will find when you engage in a general chat. They are nothing out of the ordinary and, you need to ensure that you follow the rules to the best of your abilities. If you are not ready to follow the rules, look for another chat which has lesser or more workable rules. When it comes to chats, you have very many options.
Looking back over the history of chatting is quite amazing how chatting has caught on over the years. From regular texting, to voice, to the new video chats, chatting has developed and expanded itself. Imagine how advance the internet and chatting will be 20 years from now. So many were not comfortable with computers at first. Now the first thing that many do when they get a computer and the internet is chat. Chat rooms can be very stress reliving and can become addictive. The attention one can receive from chatting can be a boost to one’s self esteem. Always remember to have fun and be safe when chatting on the internet. The history of chatting will be ever present and ever growing.
Next to the telephone, chatting on the internet is the new found “thing” to do now. It is one of the best forms of communication on the internet today. However, there is a way to speak to people on the internet that is very important to remember. This is called chat etiquette. Even when speaking to friends and family one still needs to remember how to speak on the internet. It is always important to have respect for others when speaking on the internet. Learning chat etiquette is the best way to ensure that you have a great conversation with loved ones ro new found friends. Learn the rules of chat etiquette and you can really enjoy the online chatting experience.
People often times forget that they are speaking to other people when talking online. Whether it is in a chat room, online school, or even in emails, there are things that you can do and say that make it fun and easy to communicate to others online. People you meet online can grow to become important paying customers for any business, and casual friends can become valuable partners. You must always remember that there are common courtesies that you observe just like in the real world. Many do not know these courtesies in the real world and have to be school on the internet. Some learn by trail and error and then others learn from experience. Theses are common rules and observances that can help the best chatters to be even better when speaking to others.
Choosing a good can be more influential than you think. You should be creative and finding a great name. Your name should expound on something that you may be good at in life. For example, if you love horses, your name should be something like……Horsey One. Creativity can be key. Never go with a name that is crude, rude, or socially unacceptable. When you do this you attract the wrong type of attention. You will be ignored, considered a hazard, insulted out of a chat room, or kicked out. You will not stay in a good chat room for a long time if you start out on a bad footing. There are moderators and admin’s that look over sites; you want to get their good attention when you go into a room. It can boost your confidence in a new chat room if when you enter a chat room you get immediate attention. You can do with an awesome name.
Remember when picking out a picture for the chat rooms that allow this feature is important as well. Never put a picture up that is vulgar in any way. Choose a picture that is tasteful and appealing to look at. Be careful when putting up personal pictures of your family. Only choose a picture of yourself at first. There are safety rules in place for a reason. Do not give someone a reason to point you out as there are many people out there on the internet that mean harm. Be creative with this as well, you can put up a picture that is a cartoon character or something that is funny and represents who you are. This can be a great conversation starter.
It is imperative to begin a conversation with a “Hello or How are you doing?” This can be a make or break point in your conversation. When speaking to old friends and family, or when making new friends it is important to recognize initiation of a conversation. This is the best way to strike up a conversation. Greeting someone can mean a lot to the right person. You want to get someone’s attention be acknowledging their existence. This way they are more open to speaking with you. You don’t want to start a conversation with an immediate question unless it is unavoidable. It is all about respect here.
When leaving a conversation you always want to remember to be courteous to others. You can do this in many ways. The most common is to just to say “Goodbye”. They are others that I have found to be quite useful. “Have a great day”, not just a good one!!, “Talk to you later”, for those who do not like saying goodbye because it is so finalizing.
Then there are the unfinished goodbyes like “be right back” “see you in a bit” and “be back very soon”. Any of these, finalizing or left open are respectful ways to acknowledge the other person when leaving. Letting a person know that you care enough to say good bye means a lot. When you just drop out of the conversation you can leave a person hanging and it is very impolite. Again, and I will say this a lot, be respectful!!
There are many aspects to a conversation and every one of those can improve or hinder how the conversation develops. There are things that can be done to keep the conversation, light or professional. Never use CAPS. This is a very important aspect to keep in mind. On the internet this is considered shouting. You never want to do this in a conversation on the internet, even in an email. You want to be in control in any and all conversations online. You really have to judge a conversation when online. Different conversations call for different attitudes. When in chat rooms there are some things to remember. Situations that come up in a chat room can be a variety of things. It is good to think about what you are saying before you hit enter. Don’t try to get into fights, avoid them if possible. There are chatters that will try to provoke you, don’t let them. Ignoring a person can show a lot of things about you and the other person. Be the bigger person always. If you are dealing with a person who is disagreeing with you be polite and ask why, if you choose. If you are in the wrong then be cordial and apologize, we all make mistakes.
People tend to get graphic in some situations and that can lead to distrust and dislike. Avoid these situations always. Inappropriate behavior is not tolerated either. When approached by this situation remember to be polite and let the other person know that you are not interested. If they continues with the behavior then let the moderator or admin’s know what is going on so that they can help. This is what they are there for. But always try to be respectful. Use your manners in real life to help guide you when chatting online. They can be very beneficial to you and people will be more responsive to you as well. Remember to respect a person’s status. If a person is away, busy, or out to lunch, don’t be bothersome. Leave them alone until they come back and make their status available.
Never be demanding of someone, even if you know them well. This is rude and disrespectful. The saying that many mothers said growing up helps everyday when chatting!! “If you don’t have something nice to say, then say nothing at all”. Get the help where you can get, ha-ha. Another thing that can help a conversation is the use of smiley and frowning faces, or . You cannot see what the other persons face looks like unless you are on video cam. This allows us to express our facial expression during a conversation.
When the web cam chat was first introduced, it was considered such a stunning feat of technology. Today we have got used to online cam chat and we make use of it extensively. Most free chat rooms today have cam features and this makes the entire experience all the more realistic. It removes the virtual element of online chat to a great extent as you will be able to see the other person in real time as if they are sitting right in front of you.
One of the areas where webcam chat is used extensively is singles chat. When singles engage in online dating, this cam facility helps a great deal. They can now also find out whether the other person with whom they are chatting is indeed what they say they are. At times people may hide their identity and pose to be someone else. You may be chatting with someone over fifty but the other person may say that they are just 28. There is no way of finding out the correct age or sex of the other person in text chats. Thanks to cam chat capabilities that we have today. Others will not be able to lie to you regarding their appearance or age.
Besides, that you will be able to have an exciting chat experience with your dating partner. Your singles chat can get highly intimate and eventful with cam chats. You can find your soul mate through this facility. All of us love to have good-looking partners and it is one of the highly influencing factors in finding our partners. With the online cam facility in chat rooms, you no more have to rely on your imagination to visualize the other person. You can actually see how they look.
Moreover, as we are used to face-to-face interactions, for some of us online chat may not bring complete satisfaction. In such situations, installing a webcam will help you bring in that personal touch to this virtual communication medium. It helps you find your partner faster than before. Moreover, it does not cost you anything to make use of the cam facility in the chat rooms.
This does not only help singles having unlimited fun and excitement, but it also helps partners who are forced to stay in different places for various reasons. It brings them together and reduces the sting of separation to a great extent.
You can try all sorts of funny things with your cam chat. You can not only chat with them, you can even dance along with your chat partner. Only your imagination is the limiting factor. It has been observed that for first time singles dating chats, the webcam feature serves as a great icebreaker.
Cam chat has great scope for singles chat. It is one of the best ways of dating online and it is also one of the cheapest ways of dating. Make use of this exciting facility that is made available to us free of cost and have fun.
What’s the thrill of voice chatting? Talking and listening to the voices of your friends absolutely enhances the chat room experience. Whether it’s new friends you have just made, or friends from life you’ve invited into the room for a day/night of fun filled chatting. To actually hear the personality behind the words and the giggles are priceless. At first it may seem intimidating to speak to the room, don’t worry if you have an accent. Those are the exact things that make voice chatting so much more personable. Voice chatting let’s you feel like your altogether sitting down at the most comfortable bar in the world, the one that’s tucked in bed or in the comfort of your living room. Even many distant family members and life long friends take advantage of voice chat rooms as a way to keep up with each other. Voice chatting finally can let you enjoy some quality time with out the overwhelming price of a phone company service.
There are different ways to take advantage of chat rooms with a microphone option. You can simply join into the main room conversation or take yourself to a more private chat. If you wanted just a smaller gathering of friends to talk with, you may find a side room or a private room to take advantage of for just that. If you just want to have a direct one on one private conversation with someone, then just figure out that room’s private messaging system. And set up your voice chat through that option. Take the time to look at different chat rooms to find the one that best suits your chatting desires. You may find that one room is more vocalized and constantly talking as a whole. Another room you may see the users prefer texting to the room as a whole while they keep their voice chatting directly to a couple of their friends, enjoying both at the same time. Which ever ‘feel’ of room best suits you will be the one that becomes your second home.
And if you really want to explore all the possibilities that come with having a microphone option in chat rooms, remember to check out any karaoke chat rooms. That is a whole other level of sharing enjoyment just waiting for you to discover. If you ever see a ‘hands free’ option for microphones, these are the rooms they were meant for. Look to see where that karaoke room is available.
What’s even better than having a free chat room? A free voice chat room! Finding a fun voice chat can unleash endless amounts of good times. Simple conversations, shared laughter, silly sound effects, joke telling, giving fun impersonations, even singing are just the beginning to opening another door for expanding your chatting experience and keeping your distant friends closer to your heart, and bringing new friends into it.
It seems that teenagers are also eager to take advantage of any technological resources. Teenagers are constantly talking, texting, looking for ways to share thoughts and update their statuses to their friends. It is only natural that there would be teens jumping at the chance to join chat rooms. You might question why allow a teenager to have any access at all? Well, there are many reasons it could be benefiting. Today’s generation is more affluent on computer programming and chat sites than ever before in history. It has been with great recognition of this that so many teens can find a safe and moderated chat room these days where they can be protected yet free to explore making new friendships and keep in touch with friends they already have. As the world continues to progress, so does the peer pressure. Teen Chats offer the atmosphere for young adults to talk and connect through different life experiences, while providing the freedom they rarely feel to just be themselves. Whether its an opening to express themselves culturally, keeping in touch with friends they moved away from, discussions on education and what they would like or fear from the next phases in their lives, teen chats offer a way for them to find a connection that they can appreciate and relate to. It certainly helps give another stepping stone of social adjustment into the modern world.
This is the time to invite your parent to be beside you when trying to find the safest chat site for you to participate in. You should look for a teen chat that is designed specifically for your age group. Teen Chat rooms are available; get connected in there and not in adult chat rooms. It’s not only to feel more secure, but allows you to be in an environment you can relate well with and have the most fun. Chat rooms can be a great benefit for teenagers when it is moderated. Not only by the host in the room, but by the parents.
Parents should fully take advantage of parental controls, set up time limits on a daily basis, and if you’re not comfortable with allowing cam settings then do not allow it. Also pay attention to the pictures he/she has stored, and talk to them openly about what is appropriate to send and to whom. The best thing you could do is openly talk and listen to what their experience is. If there is any situation in which it seems as though a chatter has questionable behavior, report it to the chat site and make sure to block that person right away. As in with an adult chat site, inform your teenager of the same idea’s you applied to becoming a chat room user. Never give out full personal information, like an address. Just giving the nearest large city or landmark is plenty well enough. Do not name out the school or any school team names, do not give out e-mail or phone numbers, and never show any I.D. through a picture or a camera. If you use some kind of instant messenger network, do not be so eager to add everyone you don’t know to your list since they will now have your email. Take your time in making new friends and giving out any personal information.
Once you have found the right teen chat room, you can relax and talk with your friends from the comfort of home. No concerns where you are, who you’re with, if you’ll get home safe, you can have your own personal get together online. Enjoy!