These later social web platforms have taken the place of self-made homepages devoted to the individual.
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Human nature as it is, the downsides of this seemingly anonymous form of communication began to overshadow its novelty when public consumer chat rooms started being used for sexual or other unscrupulous activities.
The terms “chat” and “chat room” became associated with such activities, and unfortunately, the stigma still remains.
I remember a time when the Internet of the ‘90s was filled with various spaces of sociality, catering to specialized categories and celebrities, likes and dislikes, somewhat chaotic and inundated with an overuse of graphics and early animation –it was a space to get lost in.
Users created and maintained identities with meaningful usernames and chat handles, or pseudonyms.