Instant real time adult chatting
Online chat may address point-to-point communications as well as multicast communications from one sender to many receivers and voice and video chat, or may be a feature of a web conferencing service.Online chat in a less stringent definition may be primarily any direct text-based or video-based (webcams), one-on-one chat or one-to-many group chat (formally also known as synchronous conferencing), using tools such as instant messengers, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), talkers and possibly MUDs.Indeed, as AOL’s own statement about the shutdown says, “The way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed”—in large part because of AIM.
Online chat may refer to any kind of communication over the Internet that offers a real-time transmission of text messages from sender to receiver.
People didn’t make the connection to the fact that it’s fairly common to have in-person interactions disrupted by nonverbal cues—such as when someone’s facial expressions don’t match the content of the conversation.
Communication scholar Joseph Walther theorized that a reason communication technologies such as AIM were capable of fostering meaningful social interaction is that users are able to overcome the lack of nonverbals.
This can affect how people see themselves, as well as their friends—as users revisit ongoing conversations, they can adapt their language (and even their self-presentation) accordingly.
When it became popular, the text-only nature of AIM seemed anathema to social interaction—after all, how could people communicate emotions and feelings via text, stripped of the nonverbal cues (such as facial expressions and touch) that are so critical to human communication?