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Chapter 13. Chat > Understanding Internet Chat

Understanding Internet Chat

Chatting online is one of the most popular—and time-consuming—online activities. That popularity is explained by the simple fact that human beings like to talk to one another, even if that “conversation” is entirely text-based and facilitated by a computer keyboard.

When Internet users talk about online chat, they’re referring to real-time discussions that take place among a group of people in a public or private chat room (sometimes called a chat channel). The type of chatting that takes place exclusively between two people isn’t technically Internet chat; one-to-one conversations are classified as instant messaging, and are discussed in Chapter 14, “Instant Messaging.”


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