So, maybe I was wrrong, but I thought this question was about the old days.
I think most people did abandon AOL before they went free in 2005 --- I was in the chat rooms a lot and it seems by mid-2003 a lot of people were leaving the "walled garden" of AOL for general internet sites like Yahoo and Google and My Space (remember that? What confuses me is why chat rooms in general have disappeared?
I think they were a cool way for singles to meet, and I have serious doubts that popular dating sites like and Plenty of Fish can replicate the excitement of entering a chat room and starting random conversations.
I think in 2014, the only chat service still around is Facebook but I never hear much about it. evolution once folks got tired of AOL they moved on to the FREE Yahoo!
voice chat that lasted for a little bit then you had the message boards/ forums from Ultimate Bulletin Board and EZboard (i think they were some of the first) etc etc for years then of course the myspace people used myspace liked they used aol back in the day to setup "dates"I believe people still chat some on IRC or even certain websites.
IRC is used usually by people who are really into computers.
I think ICQ is heavily used by Russians and other people outside the US.
AOL changed its brand from an ISP to an internet portal.
I guess you can still use AIM if you like, but I don't know if it has chatrooms unless you create your own with other users.
I assumed most people quit AOL long before they went free. I had no idea that they kept running chats after that.
When I went to check, years ago, the places I hung out in were gone.
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