Did you used to CHAT ON AOL?

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    Apr 28, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    I was wondering how many of you guys used to frequent the AOL M4M-type chat rooms before they turned over their profile system to Bebo. AOL Chat was very popular for many years, but dead now.

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    Apr 28, 2010 2:14 AM GMT
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    I believe the rooms were Maryland M4M, and DC M4M, and DCMetro M4M. Though I only met one person using the chatrooms, and I've hooked up with him numerous times, probably since he lives so close by.

    Once I got comcast cable I said 'see ya' to AOL.
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    Apr 28, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    I used it once, but didn't like it.
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    Apr 28, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
    The legendary chatrooms are gone?????

    :-( I remember being young (read far under 18 years old) and prowling around those chat rooms lol. First introductions to gays in conversations. Some of my closest friends today I met via those AOL chat rooms back when I was in HS. Some of the members pointed me to great gay resources around the city, that i wouldn't have known of other wise. I can't believe it finally happened.

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    Apr 28, 2010 3:28 AM GMT
    The chat rooms still exist, but mostly emptied. You see once AOL changed their profile system, you'd have to redo your profile. Most people didn't so rooms were filled with unprofiled people. No profile, no interest, the rooms faded.
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    Apr 28, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidThe chat rooms still exist, but mostly emptied. You see once AOL changed their profile system, you'd have to redo your profile. Most people didn't so rooms were filled with unprofiled people. No profile, no interest, the rooms faded.

    I wasn't aware of the AOL change, either. I used them for years, met quite a few guys that way. My SN was always some form of "Art Deco XXX" except in the motorcycle chat rooms, where I had other SNs.

    AOL committed some stupid mistakes over the years, making their own chat rooms less and less pleasant. I haven't used one in 3 years.
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    Apr 28, 2010 4:29 AM GMT
    I know that a lot of computer bots were faking conversations in the rooms. That was a big problem.
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    Apr 28, 2010 5:00 AM GMT
    No I was straight back then. Such bad hair and mediocre shoes, oy gevalt!
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    Apr 28, 2010 6:36 AM GMT
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    Apr 28, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    I didn't really use those, no. I remember the forums of a few fetish sites when I was younger, that sadly are gone now. A couple have been rebuilt, but they're just not the same. There's no love now, they just try to get you to buy memberships.

    On the even nerdier side, I did do a couple of fantasy roleplaying chatrooms. Those were awesome. I still miss that stuff sometimes. I always wished I played D&D, but the opportunity never presents itself.

    the guy above me, can't remember his nameAll Creatures Tavern

    I think that was it. Dude. Hardcore.
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    Apr 28, 2010 6:42 AM GMT
    stoneymcpuffnpass saidI didn't really use those, no. I remember the forums of a few fetish sites when I was younger, that sadly are gone now. A couple have been rebuilt, but they're just not the same. There's no love now, they just try to get you to buy memberships.

    On the even nerdier side, I did do a couple of fantasy roleplaying chatrooms. Those were awesome. I still miss that stuff sometimes. I always wished I played D&D, but the opportunity never presents itself.

    the guy above me, can't remember his nameAll Creatures Tavern

    I think that was it. Dude. Hardcore.
    I thought I was the only one who ever did that. LOL
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    Apr 28, 2010 6:53 AM GMT
    AOL M4M chat rooms were where I first started exploring the other side of my sexuality, back in 1994 (or maybe 1995). You could say it changed my life. But I haven't been on there in years, so I have not been aware of any recent changes.
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    Apr 28, 2010 9:45 AM GMT
    I met my partner on AOL. He mistook my screen name for someone else who had actually stood him up for a date. He sent me a very fuck-you i.m. from out of the blue. I was confused, replied, and then we sort of figured out what had happened. Mikey felt badly about that and said that the next time I was in his neighborhood he would buy me a cup of coffee. As it happened he lived near my office so we met for that cup of coffee a couple of days later. That was a bit more than 11 years ago and we are still together.
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    Apr 28, 2010 1:21 PM GMT
    AOL chat...very memorable. I met my ex for 8 years in that chat room and never use it after that.
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    Apr 28, 2010 1:23 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI was wondering how many of you guys used to frequent the AOL M4M-type chat rooms before they turned over their profile system to Bebo. AOL Chat was very popular for many years, but dead now.



    Yes! I remember the good ol' days.
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    Apr 28, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    Met my current partner there. Three years plus.
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    Apr 28, 2010 1:33 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidNo I was straight back then. Such bad hair and mediocre shoes, oy gevalt!



    Ugh, same here. I can't even look back at photos of me from then. Dozens of pounds heavier, hair that bordered on being "feathered," glasses that I may have stolen from Sally Jesse Rafael. I think I'm sharing too much info......


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    Apr 28, 2010 1:36 PM GMT
    I remember back in the 90's when we got our first PC, I was in junior high, and it was the greatest thing ever. The chatrooms on AOL were fun and it was perfect timing because I was just realizing I might be gay and I didn't know any gay people. The not so great part was when my dad found the gay porn I downloaded, but that's another story for another thread.
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    Apr 28, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    I met both my current & late partners in AOL gay chat rooms. Mostly I used the 40+ and later 50+ rooms, and ones like All Things Gay or something. There also used to be a bunch of us who had private rooms, like MORNING KAWFEE and other names, that were a little more civilized.

    But AOL being so big & public back then, the room disruptors were a real problem, especially after the Guides went away. Some users would barge in quoting the Bible & Jesus and telling us we were going to Hell for being gay, while others were our own maladjusted drama queens looking for attention.

    I don't know to what extent AOL analyzed their user demographics, but I have to believe gays were a larger segment than our representation in the general population. Sometimes AOL was good to us, other times they seemed at war with us.

    With ownership & management changes the gay friendliness seemed to go away, and we used to speculate whether fundamentalist and political right-wing groups had deliberately targeted AOL for employment, in order to undermine what they knew was a gay resource for networking and building social & political unity. Weaken our means of communication and you would weaken us overall.

    But AOL merely succeeded in weakening itself, I think in large part because it alienated members, particularly gays. Meanwhile its service & value declined, while everyone else's went up, losing market share to Yahoo, MSN and Google, and dozens of other more specialized services. RIP, AOL...
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    Dec 21, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI was wondering how many of you guys used to frequent the AOL M4M-type chat rooms before they turned over their profile system to Bebo. AOL Chat was very popular for many years, but dead now.



    I used the m4m chat rooms all the time. I really miss them and still wonder why they stopped the aol chats
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    Dec 21, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    The AOL (IndyM4M) gay chat room was my first attempt at exploring the gay world. I met some great people (who I'm still friends with today) and of course got my first dose of crazies that are out there. hehehe
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    Dec 21, 2011 3:33 PM GMT
    Oh yeh, I remember the days of the AOL Ruler... it always goes to 8 inches
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    Dec 21, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    Oh hellz yes. The chat rooms and AOL personals in their day were a lot of fun.

    Going back even FURTHER did anybody use either IRC or BBS services during dial-up days? My roommate at the time and I were talking recently about a BBS called "Christopher Street" that we used to use sometimes. So primitive!
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    Dec 21, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    endo saidOh yeh, I remember the days of the AOL Ruler... it always goes to 8 inches

    Or more... icon_wink.gif

    Yeah, the phrase "AOL inches" was quite popular for a while, for guys who exaggerated their assets.
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    Dec 21, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI was wondering how many of you guys used to frequent the AOL M4M-type chat rooms before they turned over their profile system to Bebo. AOL Chat was very popular for many years, but dead now.

    Yup sure did.. I cut my teeth on the internet via the AOL chatrooms and the IRC/BBS.