An online chatroom is an online service or part of a website, where users can get together and talk about common interests. Online communication happens in real time and chatrooms can have hundreds even thousands users present at all times. Chatrooms are different from discussion groups and forums because in the latter you can post messages and write things, but interaction is not live or interactive. When it comes to chatrooms, you are not required to have any special software to enter a chatroom – all you have to do is just visit the website and enter the chatroom of your choice.
Registration Process and Chatting in Chatrooms
In order to enter specific chatroom, you have to create a username and password. Some chatrooms require you to have a valid email address but not all of them. Most websites have many chatrooms to choose from, based on different interests. When you enter the chatroom you will notice a list of people that are currently present and active in that particular chatroom. They also receive notification when someone enters the chatroom. In order to chat, you just need to type your message inside the provided text box. When you press enter the message will be visible to all users in that chatroom.
Other users can choose to interact and respond to the message or ignore it, it is up to them. You can also enter a chatroom and sit there reading other people`s messages, without interacting. You are not required to chat to join a chatroom, but you are encouraged to do so. Also many chatrooms have the option for direct messaging between users. Usually you can click on specific username on the list and send a direct message to that person.
Due to the fact that messages in chatrooms are instantly visible and very spontaneous, many use them to abuse others. However, many chatrooms take efficient measures against this behavior and almost instantly ban those that send abusive messages towards others.
If you plan to join a chatroom, a good thing to do is to first learn about all the rules and guidelines for that specific chatrooms. That way you will know what is and what is not allowed and you can act accordingly. You will also avoid misunderstandings with others.
Today there are thousands of different chatrooms, each focusing on something specific. There are dating chatrooms, sports chatrooms, music chatrooms, and basically anything else you can imagine. At some websites you can even create an own chatroom and invite others to join and discus over certain topic. Hopefully this made it clear what a chatroom is and what can you expect when you join in. Have fun and enjoy chatting.