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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.
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.
I can remember spending HOURS in those chat rooms in the late 90's.
Truth be told, I was a mid-20's single male around that time and it was a great way to meet women. AOL had search filters where you could type in a ZIP code and it would show all the females currently online near you.
I can remember having 4 or 5 girls chatting with me at once on a typical night, and before you know it I got phone numbers and "let's meet" messages from them.
Needless to say, my sex life was quite healthy and vigorous back then Ever since about 2005, the AOL chat rooms pretty much died out, and other services like Yahoo Chat never got popular.