However, the ability to post HTML which spurred the sites growth surly played a part in its demise as people began to learn how to break the chat with the same code.
The inherent vulnerabilities in allowing users to pass HTML code, caused connectivity issues amongst similar systems and forced owners to choose between continually fixing the breaks, upgrading to a newer technology or giving up altogether.
Talk City is now Delphi Forums and countless others still exist for nostalgic reasons rather than functional ones Omni-Chat, with rooms like Chatterbox were incredibly popular in the 90’s for allowing users to post pictures and text with HTML code.
All of that said, today’s online playground sees social networking megagiants like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter holding the most visible real estate, while traditional online chatrooms take a quiet space by the fringe.
For all dedicated nostalgists and diehard chat enthusiasts, there is certainly still much online conversational fun to be had.
In a funny twist of fate, once giants of the chat industry Yahoo and AOL have seen the success of mobile social networks like Snap Chat and Whats App and want back in! AOL has launched AOL Desktop which allows people to access their Chat Rooms once again and Yahoo has updated their messenger app after years of letting it languish.
I must admit I am torn as to how I feel about these developments.
On one hand they may bring about the resurgence of chat rooms but on the other hand I hope they fail for casting off a service so many of us loved when they were on top. We hope to give you closure with specific answers to when and why your favorite chat site closed down. Plagued by spammers, pedophiles and dwindling numbers yahoo viewed their chatrooms more as a liability than a money maker.