These virtual interactions involve us in 'talking' more freely and more widely than ever before.
The first transatlantic Internet chat took place between Oulu, Finland and Corvallis, Oregon in February 1989.
Talkomatic was very popular among PLATO users into the mid-1980s.
In 2014, Brown and Woolley released a web-based version of Talkomatic.
Chat messages are generally short in order to enable other participants to respond quickly.
Thereby, a feeling similar to a spoken conversation is created, which distinguishes chatting from other text-based online communication forms such as Internet forums and email.