Adult roleplaying chatrooms
It was primitive, by modern standards: Only five people could chat at once, and their messages displayed letter-by-letter as they typed.But at the time, Talkomatic was something of a revelation.[But] the danger is that going online instead of going into the real world ultimately turns conversation into a spectator sport.” For users, of course, this kind of outsider bemusement was half the motivation.The Web didn’t achieve anything like mainstream usage until well into the ‘90s; before then, the people sitting through many, many minutes of dial-up bleeps and buzzes, all to talk to pseudonymous strangers, were a very particular breed: hobbyists and early adopters and other technophilic types, each drawn to this peculiar experiment in part because it was peculiar, and its results were far from known.I remember signing into my AIM account as late as 2007, the better to chat with high school friends who had, like me, gone away for school.
In some ways, in fact, chatrooms were experiencing a cultural shift similar to one much-discussed on Facebook today: a space that was once a frontier, was being standardized, monetized — colonized by moms.is undergoing a major makeover,” enthused one 1997 trend piece in the Irish Times.Chatrooms were showing up in business software packages, such as Lotus and Oracle.(Seductive enough that most mainstream coverage of chat at the time focused on a phenomenon dubbed “Compu Sex.”) “To say this typewritten “human contact” or “people typing in their thoughts” is the equivalent of genuine friendship or intimacy is something else,” wrote Vic Sussman, struggling to understand the very concept of online community for The Washington Post in 1986.
“It’s certainly the illusion of intimacy — the instant gratification of human contact without responsibility or consequences or actual involvement …You never knew quite what, or who, you would find in a Compuserve chat — or, later, a chat on AOL (c. AOL’s chief architect and longest-serving employee, Joe Schober, once described the earliest AOL chatrooms as “little frontier towns”: small and unpolished, perhaps, but pioneering — like a spark in the big Internet void.