Web chat

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What is Chat? If you're browsing this module, chances are you're already aware of the medium of online communication often referred to as "chat" and want to know more about it. In this lesson, we'll explore the basic history of chat, give you some definitions to familiarize you with the different types of chat, and explain the basic mechanics necessary to conduct a chat. The table of contents page lists the contents of this lesson, so feel free to jump to the pages that are most useful for you. Lesson 1 “What is Chat” will take you about 20 minutes to complete, and you will end this session by locating some chat spaces and, if you’re up for it, trying out a chatroom for yourself.

A web chat is a system that allows users to communicate in real time using easily accessible web interfaces. It is a type of internet online chat distinguished by its simplicity and accessibility to users who do not wish to take the time to install and learn to use specialized chat software.[1] This trait allows users instantaneous access and only a web browser is required to chat. Users will always get the latest version of a chat service because no software installation or updates are required.

History of web chat:

Web chats (also known as messengers, IM, or instant messengers) have been around for decades, almost as long as email. The first major web chat client that was used worldwide was ICQ. ICQ is a slang version of “I seek you”. ICQ was originally released in November 1996, and was freely available to anyone with a computer and Internet connection. By 2001, ICQ had over 100 million users registered out of the 361 million Internet users there were worldwide (Pingdom, 2010). As the Internet grew, other web chat clients became to arise, became more popular and eventually took over ICQ. These were messenger clients such as MSN messenger and AOL messenger (AOL who acquired ICQ in 1998).

Web Chat Software[edit]

The following are standalone chat servers:

The following are web front ends (requires e.g. IRC chat server):

The following are web-based live chat applications, which enable website visitors to chat with the sales or support people of the website in real time.[2][3] Webmasters only need to paste a piece of code onto the web pages to get them working.

See also[edit]

[4]== References ==

  1. ^ Gao, Kevin. "5 Best Practices for Increasing Sales with Live Chat Software". SalesForce. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "2013 Best Live Chat Support Software Reviews". TopTenReviews. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Live Chat Software Comparison". SocialCompare. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Pingdom, . (2010, October 22). The incredible growth of the Internet since 2000. In Pingdom. Retrieved September 25, 2014, from http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/10/22/incredible-growth-of-the-internet-since-2000/

External links[edit]

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  1. ^ Pingdom, . (2010, October 22). The incredible growth of the Internet since 2000. In Pingdom. Retrieved September 25, 2014, from http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/10/22/incredible-growth-of-the-internet-since-2000/