Online chat may refer to any kind of communication over the Internet that offers a real-time transmission of text messages from sender to receiver.
Chat messages are generally short in order to enable other participants to respond quickly.
Ancestors include network chat software such as UNIX "talk" used in the 1970s.
The term chatiquette (chat etiquette) is a variation of netiquette (Internet etiquette) and describes basic rules of online communication.
These conventions or guidelines have been created to avoid misunderstandings and to simplify the communication between users.
Chatiquette varies from community to community and generally describes basic courtesy.
We work hard to keep our chat rooms clean, keeping bots out and real people in.
The first online system to use the actual command "chat" was created for The Source in 1979 by Tom Walker and Fritz Thane of Dialcom, Inc.With chatrooms replacing many face-to-face conversations, it is necessary to be able to have quick conversation as if the person were present, so many people learn to type as quickly as they would normally speak.Some critics are wary that this casual form of speech is being used so much that it will slowly take over common grammar; however, such a change has yet to be seen.Internet chat rooms and rapid real-time teleconferencing allow users to interact with whoever happens to coexist in cyberspace.These virtual interactions involve us in 'talking' more freely and more widely than ever before.The first transatlantic Internet chat took place between Oulu, Finland and Corvallis, Oregon in February 1989.