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Once upon a time, our parents didn't have a clue what we were doing online.The internet was a new and exciting place, and it seemed like a safe and inpenetrable fortress of unsupervised mischief.Apparently people don’t feel constrained by interacting with the people they know — they feel comforted by it.But what, exactly, happen to the chat rooms Parker so fondly remembers?Words like "modem failure" and "inability to connect" haunted us, forcing us to redial and redial until finally we could enter our glorious online community.
Sure, we may have been making under-the-table investments with Nigerian princes, but our parents were solely worried about the busy signal clogging our line.
I don't know about you, but this was a great source of fun for my pals and I as children.
In one room we could be exotic 18-year old Brazilian twins working to get our modeling careers off the ground while in the next we could easily slip into the guise of a mysterious lonelyhearts Spanish exchange student seeking a nice middle aged office drone to. Sometimes we may have outed ourselves as the 12/Fs we really were, but in general the idea was to fool others into believing the bull we were serving up.
All of your interactions online are constrained by the people you already know.” (MORE: Chatroulette 2.0?
Napster Founders Launch Airtime Video Chat) So far, Airtime hasn’t exactly been a hit.
Users formed full-fledged online relationships with people they had never even met.