On the Internet, you can talk to other people who are also online by using your keyboard and any number of services (with specific software). This “chatting” is through an exchange of typed messages to a central site to be read and commented on by others. Anyone, anywhere on the Internet can take part in these conversations. Most of these conversations focus on a particular topic. You can also “listen” to a lecture from an expert or interact with a famous person (such as a movie star or super model) in a cyber convention hall. Distance learning uses chat to create an online classroom experience and to allow students to interact with each other and with the instructor.

A Web site chatroom is a place for online communities of users with ...

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