Terms like ROFL, LOL, BRB and OMG were all started in the shorthand language of the chat rooms. Though Facebook launched its own version of chat rooms in 2016, the pick up has not been that great.
However, chat rooms have slowly been dying out with the original market leaders AOL closing their service in 2010, Yahoo doing the same in 2012 and MSN finally closing the doors on their chat room offering in 2014. With social media, IM services and smartphone apps offering more advanced ways to communicate and video chat services like those offered by cam sites, perhaps chat rooms have had their day… What this lacks and what people still crave is that anonymous and simple log in; a kind of universal sexting tool.
As a result, acronyms derived from chat rooms to speed up interaction slowly started creeping into everyday language and remain in modern use even with the next generation of internet users.Where chat sites are anonymous and wholly text based, cam sites focus on a very visible person, performing for attention.Chat sites foster inclusivity whilst cam sites promote (by their very nature) competition.As the web started to grow in popularity Compuserve launched the CB Simulator which was followed up by the internet giants of the day, MSN, AOL and Yahoo.All three of these companies provided the simple ability to connect with other users in an anonymous setting to share text based messages. A primitive system, the technology didn’t need to be anything more than basic.