When the main chat room filled to capacity, necessitating the creation of Lobby 2, the community celebrated. “I know for myself, personally, I found it fascinating,” says Schober.
“The BBS world, it tended to be a one-line experience — you were the sole user of the service, you could send email, you could leave messages, but it wasn’t interactive in real-time in the same way.
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.
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So you started getting to the 9600 and 14,400 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, in 1996, America Online opened the floodgates by introducing a monthly flat rate instead of charging by the hour.
I’d use them to discuss punk bands like Operation Ivy with other teenagers, to play the chat room-equivalent of , and talk to what I very much hoped were actual girls.
Around 2000, however, I found myself drawn more to AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) than I did to AOL’s chat rooms.
The company was positioned perfectly for the onset of the Internet Age.