It prepared, or prompted, or inspired us to work for the internet as community managers and developers, with our multiple monitors and browsers and dubstep and all. Appropriately, I posed this question to my Facebook friends: “What are the top things you miss about AIM? ” And sometimes they got the most literal answer – “Away”… When you finally got broadband, you were always signed in, and always had an away message up. Choosing the right order of initials of your best friends to feature in your buddy profile. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
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).
And then if you left someone out they’d be sooooo mad.
My dear friend Ryan appropriately pointed out that Rapportive completely defeats this now that they show you social profiles right alongside emails.
voice chat that lasted for a little bit then you had the message boards/ forums from Ultimate Bulletin Board and EZboard (i think they were some of the first) etc etc for years then of course the myspace people used myspace liked they used aol back in the day to setup "dates"I believe people still chat some on IRC or even certain websites.
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