AOL offers a variety of chat rooms for members who use either its free or Desktop Gold web browsing software, have the standalone instant messaging application AIM, or play games on the AOL Games website. Users can join public chat rooms focused on their interests or start private chats with members they invite. The only things you'll need are a free screen name and the appropriate software for the type of chat room you want to join. Before you can participate in any of AOL's chat rooms, there are a few necessary tasks you need to complete, including downloading the appropriate AOL software for your computer and signing up for a screen name. Both the software and account is free, and you won't need to subscribe to AOL's dial-up or broadband Internet service to access the chat rooms either.
You can browse through the list of available rooms. To make your search easier, the available chat rooms are divided into different categories. Click the AOL Chat icon. Click one of the categories on the left. Double-click a room to join. Type the name of the desired chat room in the search box at the top of the window.
Brings back such glorious AOL memories. The 5 minute dial-ups, the novel concept of messaging with my friends rather than just calling them, and of course fighting with my mom over control of the phone line. Those were the days! Oh AOL how I loved thee.
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