While you can only access the People Connection chat rooms through AOL Desktop for Windows, you can create and participate in AIM buddy chats with both AOL Desktop for Windows or Mac OS X and the standalone AOL IM software.Since both buddy chats and People Connection chats use a special protocol within AIM or AOL Desktop, there's no specific web address you can use to visit the rooms outside the programs.In the mid-1980s, a company called Play Net began tinkering with the combination of real-time chat and online games.Users could play chess or backgammon against an opponent and talk trash at the same time.AOL offers a variety of chat rooms for members who use its desktop web browsing software, have the standalone instant messaging application AIM, or play games on the AOL Games website.Users can join public chat rooms focused on their interests or start private chats with members they invite.While AOL Instant Messenger chat rooms were once hugely popular, the rise in popularity of social networks resulted in the demise of AIM chat rooms, which were discontinued in 2010.
With unlimited internet service, people could stay online and chat for as long as they desired.
Launched to the public in 1980, the CB simulator capitalized on the explosive (if short-lived) popularity of citizen's band radio culture in American country music and movies [source: PC Magazine].
Users could exchange real-time messages (loaded with lots of CB slang) on 40 different channels, which later evolved into the concept of rooms.
In the late '70s and early '80s, several small bulletin board communities incorporated chat and IM into their networks.
But the Compu Serve CB simulator is widely regarded as the first real-time chat room.