It was a novel concept for the time: you could actually communicate with many people at once! People who we should trust indefinitely to be telling the truth, the absolute truth, and nothing but the truth! Judging how things usually went our own end, it's doubtable that these new virtual pals were honest about any element of their existence other than that they were currently connected to the internet.
In our innocence, though, we were too giddy to be bothered by these facts.
These were the days before My Space, Facebook, or online dating, so people everywhere used this free market chatroom environment to make connections.
Back in the day, there was no wireless or high speed internet connections, there was a little phone jack that shared a common line with our home phones.
In a time before universal cell phone ownership, this was a pretty serious inconvenience.
From the moment a person asked, "A/S/L", you knew it was on.
That is, imploring his chatroommates to give their age, sex, and location.Words like "modem failure" and "inability to connect" haunted us, forcing us to redial and redial until finally we could enter our glorious online community.At our house, there were three potential modem phone numbers with which to reach the internet, and we'd frantically alternate between our options, forever seeking a signal. No sooner than we'd heard that familiar robotically enthusiastic declaration "You've Got Mail!If anything, our parents were more concerned with our tying up the phone lines than our online whereabouts.Sure, we may have been making under-the-table investments with Nigerian princes, but our parents were solely worried about the busy signal clogging our line.It's remarkable to think that just a decade earlier, we were content to wait five minutes to catch even the briefest glimpse of the internet. ", we'd be clamoring to reach our favorite chat rooms.