You could show off your super-cool taste in music with lyrics in your signature and emoticons peppering your threads.
Without the fear and trepidation of a face-to-face interaction, each day around 4 p.m.
You didn't like the interspecies animal friendship photo I shared with you? Some common ones: family, friends, crushes, annoying family members, frenemies, kinda cute, future husbands, love bunnies, BFFs, straight bitches, hos before bros.11. " This would come at you from randos on the regular. I soon discovered that the internet was not just a place to cut and paste *NSYNC collages and illegally download Aaron Carter songs (something I was ashamed of even then).It was a place where you could congregate after school and chat with your friends about your other friends and about cute boys and rant about your parents and rave about whatever salacious soap opera you just watched. Chatrooms — from AOL’s Instant Messenger (which boasted thousands of rooms) to Yahoo! Buddy lists You would spend hours perfecting your buddy lists! Having to look up what are now common Internet abbreviations.
Your Gchat list is just people you know, but your AIM list was a hodgepodge of miscreants from the entire Internet.
It was where we learned how to speak to our crushes, how to flirt, how to find out who “like, liked” who.
We’d overanalyze every conversation the next day in school between math class and social studies.
until your dial-up connection kicked you off, you could talk to your crush on MSN Messenger with only a monitor between you.
Entire romances lived and died in those square boxes, some going all the way from a simple A/S/L intro to cybersex.
Chatrooms are no longer the trendy internet thing to do, thanks to a plethora of social networking platforms that offer far less obscurity and are based on connecting real life identities.