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10-01-2002, 06:35 PM
while I have been on the internet nearly a year I'am now interested in chatting online and would like to know how to get started and do I need to download any special programs.

10-01-2002, 07:12 PM
Internet chat is always a lot of fun, and a primary reason for me to use the net when I'm not busy.

I personally use ICQ and MSN Messenger. What you do with these is download a small program, and set up an account with them - it's all free. I personally prefer MSN, and will explain what you need to do to get started.

1) Go to http://messenger.msn.com and download MSN Messenger.
2) Once downloaded, install and run - you will then be told to setup an account - follow through all the prompts to get a hotmail account. If you already have one, you can use this.
3) You can then login to MSN messenger and begin adding people. For starters, my address can be added: j_A_Giles@hotmail.com

The downside to MSN, if you are interested in searching for people with similar interests or for a random chat - you can't. If you are interested in that, use ICQ (download from http://www.icq.com). Personally, I don't do random chats - i use MSN and ICQ to chat with people I already know.

Goodluck,
Jonathan Giles

10-01-2002, 08:31 PM
The primary arena for chat always has been, and always will be IRC (Internet Relay Chat).

Go to http://www.mirc.com and download the mIRC client, install it and you are pretty much away laughing.

Just remember to read the (fairly) brief manual first, and bobs your uncle.

10-01-2002, 09:32 PM
...and another option would be to open the follow link which is New Zealand's Portal to the MSN Chat Network.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, you will find hundreds (even thousands) of New Zealanders chatting in local Kiwi Chat Rooms.

You are not limited however ... and may join any Room, discussing any imaginable topic, anywhere in the world.

Rooms are categorised onto different Topic Boards - ranging from 'General', 'News', 'Special Interest' or 'Romance' to name just a few.

You will find the 'Chatters' are friendly and willing to help newcomers.

A few moments taken to read the 'Help' File will be time well spent.

Have fun!!!

e_

http://chat.msn.co.nz/default.msnw

10-01-2002, 10:57 PM
wen i first was into chatting, i went to yahoo chat. there are a range of rooms ranging from football to new zealand and local chats, it has a really easy interface. The only downside is that five times out of ten you never speak to the same person twice :)
http://chat.yahoo.com

10-01-2002, 11:30 PM
Another chat site is where the majority of people went after xtra shut down their New Zealand chat site...all you need for this site is the small download that you get from the inital sign in page
www.cyao.com
Try them all...msn chat is a good place to start but try to avoid the big rooms....8 people is a good number till you get used to things.
a few abreviations common in chat:-
lol = laffs out loud
pmsl = p-ss myself laughing
asl = age/sex/location
afk = away from keyboard
brb = be right back
ty = thank you
cyber = cyber sex
also never.....NEVER give out your phone number or email address in chat...these can be used to track down your home address etc or you may suddenly be inundated with viruses at your email addy.
Chat is fun....take it seriously and you wont enjoy it and remember you and the people you are chatting to can be whatever and whoever you like in chat....some of the best fun I've had is pretending to be a woman in chat and watching the guys fall over each other trying to pick me up....he he he

11-01-2002, 09:15 AM
Hello Keith,
another chat program is paltalk, which also allows for camera use as well as voice. So you can see as well as chat. the chat roooms are well supervised. its free, but has annoying popup ads until you pay a small fee.
I think its safe to say that ICQ would be the most popular.
cheers,
Bob