Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Internet jaunt... a general review on Yahoo Chat.

My recents internet jaunts took me to a few old websites that I had association with a few years back. There were these yahoo chat rooms that I used to visit to talk to guys and girls living their own fantasies on the net. There were people who used to think they were the Jim Morrisons of the chat world... people who chased their muses all day long.

I stayed one entire day in the chat rooms. What I had noticed since the last time i visited one of those chat rooms was that... the number of India chatrooms has significantly gone down. At any time of the day, yahoo would be having around 30 public chatrooms for the Chennai region alone. Presently the average at any time has come down to around 10. This could be directly correlated to the number of people getting F1/H1 visas in the USA. At the peak of the joblessness in North America, the number of chatrooms used to peak at around 55 during the late nights.

The other significant change was the number of spammers on chat. On average in any chat room which had about 40 participants, the number of spammers tended to be 3 - 5. Currently the number of spammers are so large that I would have had to ignore about half the room before i can understand the gist of the conversation that is going on. What has not changed though is the kind of talk that goes on in these chat rooms. Here is one such sample.

vijay143foryou : Hi everyone. Vijay 21 m from Chennai.
net_dude143 : Hi vijay. how are you?
vijay143foryou : fine dude....

(some time passes)
vijay143foryou : kinda slow isnt it ?
net_dude143 : yes it is.

(some time passes)
vijay143foryou : So where you are from ?
net_dude143 : Chennai.
vijay143foryou : me too.

(some time passes)
vijay143foryou : kinda slow in chennai.
net_dude143 : yes it is.

(some time passes)
enters the room>
kar_love4ever : Hi everyone !!!
vijay143foryou : Hi Kar
net_dude143 : Hi K
kar_love4ever : Hi Vijay and dude.
kar_love4ever : How is everything ?
vijay143foryou : Fine Kar
net_dude143 : fine...

(some time passes)
kar_love4ever : kinda slow isnt it ?
net_dude143 : yes it is.
vijay143foryou : yes... pretty quiet.

(some time passes)
kar_love4ever : Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii kitty !!!!!!
net_dude143 : hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii gal
vijay143foryou : hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii kitty gal
kar_love4ever : Hi kitty
vijay143foryou : kitty kitty kitty
net_dude143 : hi galllllllll !!!!

(this goes on for a long time.... until finally... )
kar_love4ever : kitty gal is a guy
vijay143foryou : yes she is
net_dude143 : she is a guy

(some time passes)
kar_love4ever : Hi guys i have to leave.. catch you later
vijay143foryou : Ok then will see you later.
net_dude143 : great talkign to you. bye.
vijay143foryou : bye all !!!

And so the talk goes on.. hour after hour of endless riveting stuff... the talk ranges from the maximum number of vowels allowed in the greeting 'Hi' to how quiet each of the rooms sound. There are endless variations to the compositions of a room.. sometimes it even takes 4 guys to decide on whether 'kitty gal' is a guy or not.

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