Chat rooms from the 90 s
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.Unlike trolling, cyberbullying, and harassment, all of which imply abuse today, a good flame was first considered routine dialogue — sometimes even an art form.Author Virginia Shea unpacks the “art of flaming” in a clever 1994 guide called .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.
Some forums can only be seen by registered members.However, as these “newbies” hopscotched around the “town squares” of chat rooms, they often disrupted the routines of existing communities with inane queries or tangents, sometimes as simple as, “Hey! Techies at MIT reportedly used the term in the electronic sense as early as 1969 at MIT.Some suggest they were referencing Chaucer, who wrote “the fleminge of the wrecches.”Take the case of the 1994 user named Moby, who asked Usenet group alt.tasteless how he was supposed to bring a date home when his two cats were constantly puking or in heat. In that order.” Other hurls from there included DIY spaying and beastiality. Though there are several different types of flames and flame-bait, designed to provoke flame wars, what’s fascinating is that the act of flaming itself was revered by early web users.However, the ability to post HTML which spurred the sites growth surly played a part in its demise as people began to learn how to break the chat with the same code.The inherent vulnerabilities in allowing users to pass HTML code, caused connectivity issues amongst similar systems and forced owners to choose between continually fixing the breaks, upgrading to a newer technology or giving up altogether.