You may think that being able to Skype is one of the latest things when it comes to communication over the internet. However, chatting online is actually not a new concept. In fact, programs allowing users to type via a terminal program dates all the way back to the 1960s when the first examples of what would become the internet began to emerge. CompuServe then came to the forefront of chat rooms by the late 1970s. However, new and faster technology has taken the chat room to a whole new level. It was not long before users no longer had to dial into a central system, but rather log directly into a relay chat and instantly be connected with other people.
The next step in chatting online was when ICQ came along and allowed users the ability to talk with other directly. This meant no more logging in to a mainframe or a computer, but rather the ability to have a private conversation between two users. However, this was just the first wave of instant messaging.
As high speed connections have gotten faster and more widespread, there has also been a corresponding increase in the number of people who are becoming more and more dependent on online chatting. In addition, faster internet speeds have allowed the public to move away from just typing messages back and forth to video chat. While a web camera used to be an expensive addition to a computer, they are now commonplace as more people have access to high speed internet and the ability to video chat with friends and family. Since this service is also free and available at the simple click of a button, many people are finding video chatting to be the ultimate way to stay in touch.
Instant chatting, either through typing or video, has changed the way that we communicate with each other. Where long distance relationships and business meetings used to have to take place over the phone or a conference call, we can now see each other over thousands of miles brining each other into other’s lives in a way that was never possible before. Being able to talk online has been an important step in the lives of those who may have friends or family who live on the other side of the world as they can talk now at any time of the day or night and without the fear of running up a huge phone bill.
However, while it might seem we have gone as far as we can go in terms of video conferencing, there is always something new just around the corner and waiting in the wings. It will be exciting to see what the next generation of high speed online communication is going to consist of. As the internet continues to grow in terms of its reach and speed, there is literally nothing out of the question for what may come further down the line. However, we can know that there is somebody working on the next big thing.