In the late 1990s, AOL's chat rooms were some of the most popular in the world.
According to statistics from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 55 percent of online teens and 28 percent of online adults used chat rooms in 2000 [source: Pew Internet & American Life Project].
“In this frank and funny tale, Hartinger does an especially fine job of handling Otto’s complex feelings for Russel without falling back on a generic rom-com happy ending. A fresh take on the theme of achieving self-acceptance in a world that discourages difference, it delivers.
A heartwarming story about staying true to yourself whatever others might think.” – “It is beautiful and poignant and hits every pitch just right.
Play Net eventually licensed its software to a company called Quantum Link, or Q-Link, which launched a chat room service called People Connection.
Q-Link changed its name to America Online (AOL), which still uses the People Connection name for its chat and community services.
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.
But the Compu Serve CB simulator is widely regarded as the first real-time chat room.It’s hard to say which is worse: the fact that so many things go wrong, or that Russel, an aspiring screenwriter, keeps comparing their experiences to some kind of road trip movie.There’s also the fact that Otto and Russel were once boyfriends, and Otto is starting to realize that he might still have romantic feelings for his best friend.Some chat rooms / forums are moderated and this means that an adult is watching what is being said to make sure no one is being nasty.They can delete messages and also ban people from leaving messages if they are upsetting.