Chat rooms are online spaces where users communicate with one another through text-based messages.It's like a virtual cocktail party, where strangers gather to flirt, argue about politics and sports, ask for advice, talk about shared hobbies and interests, or simply hang out.
But the Compu Serve CB simulator is widely regarded as the first real-time chat room.
Launched to the public in 1980, the CB simulator capitalized on the explosive (if short-lived) popularity of citizen's band radio culture in American country music and movies [source: PC Magazine].
Users could play chess or backgammon against an opponent and talk trash at the same time.
Play Net eventually licensed its software to a company called Quantum Link, or Q-Link, which launched a chat room service called People Connection.
Users could exchange real-time messages (loaded with lots of CB slang) on 40 different channels, which later evolved into the concept of rooms.