Last month, Sean Parker of Napster fame launched Airtime. But what, exactly, did happen to the chat rooms Parker so fondly remembers? His relationship with the company started inbefore it was America Online. When the main chat room filled to capacity, necessitating the creation of Lobby 2, the community celebrated.
So the experience of going into a chat room and getting a response a couple of seconds later from someone who was in the same chat room was just really cool. Slowly, the service grew, expanding to support DOS and eventually Windows.
The chat product, called People Connection, had a variety of rooms for people interested in such topics as genealogy and strategy games. Schober moved from beta tester to full-time employee inwhen the service — now officially called America Online — went public. The company was positioned perfectly for the onset of the Internet Age. So you started getting to the and 14, baud modems that made the speeds a little more comfortable.
Participation in chat rooms started to snowball; as more people used them, the variety of chat rooms increased, attracting even more people. Then, inAmerica Online opened the floodgates by introducing a monthly flat rate instead of charging by the hour.
Just how powerful was America Online during this time? Reggie Fairchild, product manager for AOL 4.
When we launched AOL Chat rooms from the 90s. This is the era that many people, myself included, remember most vividly. As a gawky kid entering high school, chat rooms were a haven from the awkwardness of real human interaction.
Launched inAIM became widespread once it was made available to non-subscribers in Friendster launched inMyspace in and Facebook in There were, in short, a lot more options for people who wanted to interact online.
Today, chat services such as Facebook Messenger and Google Talk a. Gchat are popular, but chat rooms as they existed in the s are mostly a relic.
Who doesn't enjoy reminiscing about their childhood days? Especially, the days of trying to connect to AIM.
Think of all those times you were. Omni-Chat, with rooms like Chatterbox were incredibly popular in the 90's for allowing users to post pictures and text with HTML code.
The Rise and Fall and Reincarnation of the Beloved '90s Chatroom “Like other modern attempts to reincarnate the '90s chat room, [Rooms].