Those of us who were chatters in the 1990’s might find ourselves looking around our virtual landscape of today, blinking profusely while asking, “What happened to my favorite chat site?
” Most of the quaint chat sites we grew up on have vanished.
It's like a virtual cocktail party, where strangers gather to flirt, argue about politics and sports, ask for advice, talk about shared hobbies and interests, or simply hang out.
Chat rooms have played an important role in the evolution of interpersonal communication over computer networks. Then came USENET, an e-mail based newsgroup started in 1979. Some bulletin board users wanted to interact with the group in real time instead of waiting to reply to an ongoing message thread.
Either technology gains have left them vulnerable to exploit or the cost to run and update the site was more than was being generated.
Sites like The-Park founded in 1994 grew to 700,000 registered members before shutting down in 2001.
Unlike trolling, cyberbullying, and harassment, all of which imply abuse today, a good flame was first considered routine dialogue — sometimes even an art form.
Author Virginia Shea unpacks the “art of flaming” in a clever 1994 guide called .
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