Chating in social sex network
created by Compu Serve executive Alexander "Sandy" Trevor in Columbus, Ohio.
Ancestors include network chat software such as UNIX "talk" used in the 1970s.
Woolley in 1973 on the PLATO System at the University of Illinois.
Social networking sites with chatting capabilities combine the static elements of social networking with the instant gratification of online chatting.
Many major sites are combining the two to serve the needs of their users while smaller niche sites are also popping up with both networking and chat available.
Merchant also says "Younger people tend to be more adaptable than other sectors of society and, in general, quicker to adapt to new technology.
Are there people you know who you only talk to online?