chat room

  

Definition

A designated area or forum on the World Wide Web that allows users to communicate with each other through instant messaging. Text is instantly displayed in the chat room's conversation log after a user hits enter or send. Other users included in the chat session are able to see what another user types. America Online made chat rooms popular in the 1990s after they created subject-specific ones. Chat rooms are also utilized by corporations to allow their employees to communicate from multiple locations.

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