Each conversation appeared as a flat, white square on your screen—it was like having sex on a tiled floor. Signing off was like walking out of a public bathroom. ” were likely lies, screen names universally inscrutable.
(Chat rooms were still out there, but mostly for terrorists and pedophiles.) Chatting now required constant tabbing between applications: browser for email, IM window, browser for search. So did our friends, and one day those names appeared in a column on the left side of our inbox.
Not all chat rooms for lesbians revolve around dating and meeting other women.
Some chat rooms are designed for lesbians who just want to have friendly conversation with other women of the same sexual orientation.
As the salon had the sofa, “written conversation”—as one style manual called it—had the desk, another invention of the 17th century. Unlike the flat bureau, the light, portable secrétaire featured stacks of shelves and cubbyholes, which were kept locked. Others opened from the top, as if the desk were a jewelry box—or a laptop. In the early days of the internet, chatting was something that happened between strangers. ” millions of people asked, and millions answered: On AOL—as of 1994, the most popular internet service provider in the US—half the member-created chat rooms were for sex.
AOL also launched the first mass IM interface, which was where the real action happened.