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.
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Unfortunately, it was shut down by its owners in 2015 without any visible reason.
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Over the years it has become a lot less popular than it was initially as more and more alternatives became available.
A quick search for free online chat rooms will deliver millions of results, showing that it is still incredibly popular.
You can message, vote, search, upload photos and creat yourself a unique profile.
Data speeds were a lot slower then and there was a tiny fraction of the content that is available today.
Online chat rooms allowed folks from all over the world, irrespective of social standing, ethnic background or geographical location to connect and speak in real time. IRC or internet relay chat was one of the first protocols available and many users used this as their platform.
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