It offered several channels, each of which could accommodate up to five people, with messages appearing on all users' screens character-by-character as they were typed.Talkomatic was very popular among PLATO users into the mid-1980s.
Real-time communication between two users via computer.Online chat includes web-based applications that allow communication – often directly addressed, but anonymous between users in a multi-user environment.Web conferencing is a more specific online service, that is often sold as a service, hosted on a web server controlled by the vendor.Thereby, a feeling similar to a spoken conversation is created, which distinguishes chatting from other text-based online communication forms such as Internet forums and email.Online chat may address point-to-point communications as well as multicast communications from one sender to many receivers and voice and video chat, or may be a feature of a web conferencing service.The first transatlantic Internet chat took place between Oulu, Finland and Corvallis, Oregon in February 1989.
created by Compu Serve executive Alexander "Sandy" Trevor in Columbus, Ohio.
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.
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.
Once a chat has been initiated, either user can enter text by typing on the keyboard and the entered text will appear on the other user's monitor.
Most networks and online services offer a chat feature.
Ancestors include network chat software such as UNIX "talk" used in the 1970s.