I have fond memories of the "main" Gay and Lesbian chat room on AOL - Back in the days when AOL access was three dollars per hour - I remember being in that room when the towers went down on 9/11 - we all started somewhere, that was where I started (taking the internet seriously)
I met my BF (going on 11 years) in an AOL chatroom :-)
what was your screen name?
The gay area of AOL became part of PlanetOut (PNO). The different rooms and the hosts.
At one point there were two separate gay parts of AOL. The first one was GLCF (which became onQ) which had rooms, boards, and other content. It started in 1992.
Planet Out came on the scene in 1996 and eventually it acquired onQ and gay.com. PNO was well-positioned to take advantage of the growing e-commerce opportunities in the late-1990s.
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Back in "the day" the AOL chat rooms (for gays) were rather unique and became a gathering place for many of us, now of a certain age. With AOL costing many dollars (per hour) in those days, we became AOL Chat Hosts (in the GLCF area) thereby acquiring an AOL account that was no charge . . . . . I'm thinking this was about 1992 . . . . . As AOL migrated to a non paying mode and the GLCF was no longer paid to be on AOL it migrated to onQ, trying to build a business model that could survive without infusions of cash directly from AOL . . . failing that onQ was eventually actuired (asset sale) by Planet Out, which may or may not exist any longer . . . .
I was first GLCF Sprite, then GLCF Steve, then onQ Steve.
Do chat rooms exist anywhere anymore?
I also met my husband in an AOL chatroom 15 years ago
I met my ex-fiancee in an AOL chat room, I think it was a Bi chat of some type. We actually lived a couple thousand miles away from each other and kept in touch through AOL and e-mail for several years before finally meeting. this was around 1997-2000. Neither of us knew how to scan a pic and send it to each other, so we just mailed pictures. Couple of dorks.
I found out gay.com still has chat rooms...filled with married men.
One is headed in from the burbs to suck me off now.
People still use aol? I seriously had no idea it was still in existence.
But I did do a LOT of hook-ups during the 90's with AOL. Had some hot encounters and met some serious flakes.
Does aol still have chat rooms?
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Back when AOL as a novelty, a friend and I used to go into chatrooms with names like "BornAgain" and "Christians."
One night, he pretended to be a teenager girl who had just found out she was pregnant.
I pretended to be a broker for infant organs.
Whats AOL? Is that like wireless internet?
R20: People were so naive back them. They took anything typed at face value.
And fundamentalist Christians are used to not questioning things, so they would fall for anything.
I was president of the Fort Worth ACLU in 1996-98 and also active in the local Gay Alliance. We received complaints about how AOL was very phobic about not allowing chat areas for gay teens and trans-people. The software would block creation of a chat room "Gay teen chat" but you COULD create a room called "Teen fag bashers." AOL also regularly deleted profiles containing "sexually oriented" content such as "gay white male" while straight men were allowed to list in THEIR profiles how they were "well endowed" and how skillfully they could please women with their tongues, etc. When we tried to point out AOL's double standard on their message boards, our accounts were terminated. Many of the GLCF members...particularly a guy named Kevin or BootmanLA, bashed us and me personally (I had harmed the gay community by getting our AOL account cancelled for standing up for the gay community) and supported AOL's right to censor gay people because they "had the right to regulate their content, just like a newspaper." I needed to learn to accept authority and follow rules. We argued that AOL was selling the right to communicate and make your OWN content (more like a telephone company.) After these many years, the latter has become the norm for the Internet, and closed-access, heavily moderated services like Prodigy, AOL (in its old form) and CompuServe thankfully are no more.
I was a fixture in Ask Gay Guy Anything for quite a while. (We called it "AGGA") I was ProteusATC. I remained in contact with a few of them for years afterward.
R22, paragraph breaks save lives.
I remember the [mycity]M4M rooms capped out at 23 people or so. You would try to get in for an hour, finally do it just as someone would sign out, and the 22 other people in the room would be like the vampires in some 24-hour wrinkle room bar. But they'd never give up their slots.
AOL also had very popular gay message boards. The 30+ Gay Men board had the same people posting on all kinds of topics for years and years.
You're soaking in modified version of one, r11.
[quote]I met my BF (going on 11 years) in an AOL chatroom :-)
Wow what a loser. I bet you're both fat and ugly
MSN's chatrooms were excellent for picking up mens when I was all of 16.
I think that's why they were banned.
I remember AGGA (ask gay guy anything). I was a charter member of that chat room for several years and wonder what happened to a lot of those guys. I had hoped it was still in existence, but suspected it wasn't. Gosh the questions we used to get from some of the visitors were just ridiculous and our answers were often hilarious. I can hardly remember screen names from back then, but i remember Rauff and OldBilly and a few others. Oh the fun we had in that room!
Remember "Exotic Black Citizens"?!
R31, what screen name did you use back then?
I never managed to find the right gay themed chatroom for me. Everybody seemed to know each other already and I was always the newbie nobody wanted to talk to. And me being scared of STDs didn't make me keen on hooking up, therefore I avoided hook-up chat rooms.
I used the screen name frnknfurtr. Not very original, I am afraid.
I worked as a Community Leader for AOL in the LGBT (then called GLBT) areas, first as a GLCF host, then OnQ host. Then, Gay.com bought OnQ and moved those rooms over there. I returned to AOL after a year and stayed until they closed the Community Leaders program. They had some great chat hosts, and I made some good friends.
In the early AOL days, a hosted chat community was novel. I still think there's a place for it on the web, since by having trained chat hosts who could lead good chats, it was an information source and a safe haven for folks considering coming out or dealing with issues.
[quote] [R20]: People were so naive back them. They took anything typed at face value.
And fundamentalist Christians are used to not questioning things, so they would fall for anything.
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Trust me, that still goes on today, even on dl. There's one born every minute.
YB . . . .r36 nice to see you here . . . from r10
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I havent had AOL since I was in elementary school which was like 1999. WTF
aol chat rooms were the best
no, OP. I only seek/sought chatrooms with hot masculine dudes. Such as bifootballplayers, str8men4str8men, jocks4jocks, and bicuriousmen. I met some really hot bi athletes on AOL.
There's a guy named Jason -- well, that's what he *said* his name was -- I met in an AOL chat room whom I wish I could find again. I never called him back because I was afraid I'd fall in love with him and he'd break my heart. He's the first thing I think of when someone mentions AOL.
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I still use aol for email. Mostly just all my bills and shopping and the few friends who don't use Facebook. My friends make fun of me, but it's free and not worth the hassle to change all of it.
I did look around some of the chat rooms the other day. First time in over a year I'd been in the actual aol site where they are. Funny seeing how many of the rooms are still there from when I was really into them...1996 or so.
My friends and I used to have contests on how fast you could sign on and have an acceptably cute guy in your house, naked and ready for sex. 12 minutes was my record. I think one of my friends did it in five (guy lived in his building).
wow this takes me back ... gay men 30s in 1999..then gay men 40 and gay men 50s A O L was a good place to turn lime green into a signature text. ...lol...from 1999 till 2005 we had plenty of great moments here s to ya girls ..snickering .. GOLLY...
I only went to str84str8, bi4bi, bicurious, and jock4jock chatrooms. Met some very hot, masculine dudes, including athletes. I am only attracted to mainstream masculine bros.
I was DotCalm back in the day. Get it?
i am looking 4 a dominate agressive dude who wants a relationship
brb...have too many IMs going
this my first time doing this
I wish I could find callboy1wk again. He said he looked like Montgomery Clift, but he looked more like James Franco. One of the best fucks of my life.
Type 911 for hot 69.
R47 used to be removing aol messed up your puter..guys just let it be and not use it
R47 AOL is free now? God, I remember when it was $3.95 an hour.
Anyone remember the Lambda Lounge, I was a host on On Q. That was 1996-'98. Lots of changes here on AOL. Remember a few friends.
"Exotic Black Citizens" was the best AOL chatroom title ever!
I actually met and had dinner (tried for sex, but it didn't happen) with Matt Sanchez on AOL in 1996!
R30, what was your screen name then? I remember Rauff and a few others. I talked with Trebordee and ThisJustN and WandRDhere a lot and participated in the room. I'm sure I was there nearly every day for a long time.
Okay, this is r62 ... I noticed after I posted that this question was answered but the replies have been renumbered (how does that happen anyway?)
I remember your name, frnknfrtr. And you're right that some of the questions were ridiculous and some of the answers were funny, though sometimes we were just bitchy for no good reason.
I liked the str8m4str8m, bi4bi, jocks4jocks, bicurious, and biguys chat rooms.
I had some great phone sex hook ups on there, but was usually too timid to meet in person, and the few times I did, the guys were kind of gross. One guy did wind up being a friend I still have, even though we are in different cities now.
I did meet one hot married guy who I hooked up with once. The sex was super hot. We have sort of kept in touch over the years. Had not heard from him in s couple of years, but we both happened to be on Yahoo! one day a couple of months ago. We chatted on cam and wound up watching each other get naked and jerk off. He looked hotter than he did 15 years ago.
AOL chat rooms great for someone just "out". Way to explore with some safety. Talked to and finally got the courage to meet a few people in person...not necessarily for sex. Lost track of all of tem at some point, especially after I met my partner 14 years ago.
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Anyone remember the 30+ Men message boards? Stude66, Worley1, JeepGuy, etc.
Fair warning, you are in violation of AOL's Terms of Service. Keep it clean folks...
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I remember going into the Gay Christians chat room and greeting everyone with "Good morning, Gayim!" A lively discussion ensued about whether I was being homophobic or anti-goy. My screen name should probably have resolved that; it was Auntie Christ.
AOL chat rooms back it the day were the greatest. The was a sense of community. AOL was ruined when it went to version 3.0, that's when it became "streamlined" with the internet. Before then, AOL was a separate service, you had to connect to the internet separately by opening the browser. When the internet was down, you could still get on AOL, which had its own web pages, its own chat rooms, etc.
I used the "NYC M4M Companions" room and its variants for several years in the early noughts. AOL was past its prime, but the chat rooms were still active. Sometimes I had to slam my way in (tapping the enter key over the "go chat" button repeatedly.) I made really good money, and I didn't pay a dollar in advertising costs. I just sat in that room with my suggestive AOL handle, answering IM's. Many were time-wasters of course, but I was able to discern them from the serious johns pretty quickly.
R43, I'm still around
How does one access old aol chat rooms. Town square.?
What was your screenname, R78?
AOL was awesome before it went flat rate. It was almost all adults, no school kids, no spam, no advertising when you did a search. Like if you searched "gastrointestinal disorder," you got medical journal and textbook articles, not 22 pages of Chinese herbal treatments for it, or Whole Life supplements for GERD or where to buy tea tree oil and raw apple cider vinegar.
My first year of grad school was spent in the library at school. My second year was spent on AOL. When you looked up Lyme disease, you actually got medical information, not some paranoid schizophrenic's "Lymes Disease Homepage truth About Lymes!!!!! Read This!!!!"