Facebook is going viral. The new social chat rooms are evidence of the hyperactivity in networking that is taking place on this huge site. According to TechCrunch, anyone will be able to click a button titled “Host Chat” on Facebook. Then they could chat freely with a number of other people. And the important thing is that these chatting individuals don’t have to necessarily be invitees. However, the host will always have the option to place restrictions on content. This is a safety net which is needed of course. The chat rooms are built for text-based messages only (yet). This leaves them behind Google Hangouts which are more cutting-edge.
Facebook chat rooms resemble Facebook Groups in many ways. It is basically an attempt at loosening up the atmosphere and making things jolly in the field of chatting. Heated and animated discussions are the stuff of which these chatting experiences will be made. Facebook Messages already faces stiff competition from the likes of WhatsApp, Kik, Viber and Line. The service reminds one of AOL’s chat rooms in the naughty nineties. This is a blessing for all the hip and fashionable youngsters and adults. An undetermined number of friends can join the chat. Photos, videos and emoticons will come by the by. But at present there is only a textual format available in the chat rooms.
Chatting is the lighter side of the Internet. There are scholars and pedagogues who like to research documents having to do with philosophy or medicine. But then there is the average teenager or young adult who is not looking for much except for a good time. This person doesn’t want to get into any complicated matters that impose a burden on the brain. He or she is looking to externalize and not internalize. And that is where chatting comes in.
A relatively benign method of letting off some steam, chat rooms do have their trolls. A troll is a person who creates a stink in the chat room thanks to his or her foul behavior. It is for this purpose that a cyberspace warning already exists. It says “Don’t Feed the Trolls” and is sound advice. When you ignore these mischief-makers they will leave the chat room. So it goes that even as harmless an activity as chatting has its positive and negative aspects. With Facebook renewing its chat rooms there will be angelic souls and grotesque trolls alike on the cyber-platform. And they will each have to be dealt in an individualized manner.