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Chapter 20. Going Online with America On... > Conversing in Chat Rooms - Pg. 190

Going Online with America Online and Other Services 190 Type the e-mail address of the person to whom you want to send the message (this usually is the person's screen name if she is a member of the same service). Click the Description or Subject area, and type a brief description of your message. Finally, type your message in the Message area and click the Send button. In a matter of seconds, the message appears in your friend's mailbox. When your friend connects to the service, her screen will indicate that she has mail waiting for her. Everyone on your online service (including you) has an electronic mailbox. When- ever you sign on, the program indicates in some way whether you have mail waiting. To get your mail, you enter the Get Mail command or click the Mail button. This displays a list of waiting messages. Double-click the message you want to read. The message appears in its own window, which usually contains a Reply button, enabling you to respond immediately to the message. Conversing in Chat Rooms If you don't like waiting for mail, you can converse with your friends and colleagues in one of the many chat rooms the online service provides. You pick a room in which 20 or so people are hanging out and then start typing. Your messages appear on the screens of the other people in the room, and their messages appear on your screen. If you prefer to talk in private with one or more other users, you can create your own private room and invite other users to join you. To learn more about chatting, check out Chapter 25, "Reaching Out with Chat and Instant Messaging." Sharing Common Interests Online services started as digital community centers where people could share their ideas, prob- lems, and solutions. This tradition is still alive in online forums and boards. You can find a forum or message board for almost any special interest category--from gardening and parenting to com-