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.
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.
That was the 1990s, and Riccardi was into grunge and metal music, video games, and computers.
His screen name was “Clinton Pz.”Clinton’s team of “young, high-tech specialists” were “pondering new ways of communicating directly with Americans,” reported the AP.
With AOL, users could get information from the White House and “even send the president electronic mail, known as e-mail, if they want.”Angelique Weger, a 36-year-old front-end developer, recalls using chatrooms in middle school.
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ike Riccardi would spend hours in chatrooms hosted by America Online as a teenager.
“Auditorium” chatrooms could hold hundreds or thousands of users and had a moderator.
Users could also create private and public chatrooms and host scheduled events.
Initially, mostly tech-minded people joined AOL chatrooms, since at the time, it wasn’t as common to own a home computer.
Forums on the Apple II, Macintosh, PC, software development, and gaming were popular.
“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.