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In 2003, MSN axed many of its chatrooms across Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Over the course of the next decade, in light of plummeting usage, increased scrutiny over child solicitation and other unpleasantness, and competition from mobile and video chat, AOL and Yahoo would do the same. , we aspire to make the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining,” chirped Yahoo! “Sometimes, this means we have to make tough decisions — like closing down features that we feel aren’t adding enough value for you.” In other words, the market had spoken: The time of the chatroom had passed.

I remember signing into my AIM account as late as 2007, the better to chat with high school friends who had, like me, gone away for school.

But by that point, all of AIM’s best features had become redundant: status messages could go on Twitter, detailed profiles could be made on Facebook, friends could be contacted via text or Gchat, people with similar interests could be found on any of the above.

In one early “channel,” described by Info World in 1984, users did nothing but speak Old English and roleplay as kings and maidens.

In others, a form of radical, soul-baring honesty was fairly common; between the fake names, the small communities, and the hours of online contact, the idea of intimacy became “very seductive,” one user told Info World.

Combine that with the advent of new Internet technologies like DSL (which made AOL’s subscription model obsolete) and new paradigms for online social networking (think Friendster, Myspace and later, Facebook) and the chatroom’s demise was obvious, if not imminent, by the early aughts.Services like MSN and AOL (which bought Compuserve in 1998) made the chat function available to millions of Americans, packaging it in dial-up subscriptions that users purchased first by the hour, and later by the month.In 1993, shortly after the debut of AOL’s chatroom, the Associated Press reported, hilariously, on the “team of young, high-tech specialists” who were trying to get President Bill Clinton to host a town hall chat.(His screenname was “Clinton Pz.”) By 1997, the year AOL launched Instant Messenger as a stand-alone chat product, the company boasted an estimated 19,000 chatrooms.Users spent more than a million hours chatting each day.

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