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.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 ).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.
Of course, celebrities were involved in this new way to connect with the fans.
But by 2005, those numbers had fallen to 18 percent of teens and 17 percent of adults [source: Pew Internet & American Life Project].
Over the years, chat rooms have lost ground to IM and social networks, and have suffered from bad press concerning their safety, especially for teens. And how do you make sure you and your children have a safe, enjoyable chat room experience?
Today, many chatrooms seem to have only one person loitering inside.
It’s incredibly difficult to even use the chatrooms, because you need AOL Desktop, a free program that when downloaded, feels like a glimpse back into the days of dial-up. And, just like in the 1990s, people looking for sex. She’s 72, and in her free time, she likes making miniature scenes and working in her garden.