While her children don’t use AOL anymore, she’s kept it up.
Her favorite room is “Garden Chat,” where she trades tips on how to grow vegetables and flowers.
To this day, Garden Chat appears to be one of the most active chatrooms on AOL.
But now the room is completely different.“We got invaded,” Bird tells ).
I just liked engaging people with my words and relationships.”Weger made many friends from these chatrooms, some of whom she has met and still keeps in touch with today.
AOL was her first introduction to the internet, and on chatrooms, she spoke to a computer programmer for the first time. In exchange for being in the chatroom for certain hours and moderating, AOL would grant her free hours.
When he heard the sound of a door creeping open ring from the speakers of his desktop computer, he’d perk up because the sound meant a friend was online, and they were free to chat.Along with this product came the away message, buddy icons, a personal profile, and eventually voice chat, file transfer, and chat bots.“It was a different time, because in the ‘90s, no one gave their real personal information on the internet,” says the now 35-year-old web developer.The most popular chatrooms on AOL today have names like Widows and Widowers, Garden Chat, and Sixties Plus.Also popular, a chatroom for Republicans, along with chatrooms called Beliefs Christian and Born Again.Today, many chatrooms seem to have only one person loitering inside.