What is public chat and how to chat with Indians?

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Online public chat means talking to people on the Internet including Indians all over the world by sending text messages that show up right away.

When you chat in a public text based chat system, your messages are usually short so others can reply quickly. This makes it feel like you’re having a real conversation, which is different from sending longer messages like in email or on Internet forums.

Public chat can be used for talking one-on-one or sending messages to many people at once.

It can also include talking with your voice and seeing each other on video but here we talk on text only public chat systems.

But from here you can read further about other methods of online chat or conferencing apart from text-based public chat systems to connect with Indian people living around the world.

Sometimes, it’s part of a web conferencing service, which is a tool for having meetings and presentations online.

In a broader sense, online public chat can mean any direct talk using text or video, like webcams.

This can be just between two people or in groups, which is also called synchronous conferencing.

You can use various tools for this, like instant messengers, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), talkers, and even in some online games like MUDs.

The word “chat” in online chat comes from “informal conversation.”

Online chat also covers web-based apps that let people talk to each other in a group without sharing their real names.

Web conferencing is a specific online service that’s often sold as a product. It’s hosted on a special computer controlled by the company that makes it.

Web conferencing is mainly used for meetings and presentations, not for casual chats.


The very first online chat system was called Talkomatic, and it was made by Doug Brown and David R. Woolley in 1973. They created it on the PLATO System at the University of Illinois.

Talkomatic had different channels where up to five people could chat together. When someone typed a message, it showed up letter by letter on everyone’s screens.

People really liked Talkomatic on the PLATO System until the mid-1980s. In 2014, Brown and Woolley even made a web version of it.

The first time the word “chat” was used in an online system was in 1979 on The Source. Tom Walker and Fritz Thane from Dialcom, Inc. made it.

During the 1980s, more chat platforms appeared. One of the earliest ones with pictures and buttons (a GUI) was called BroadCast. It became popular at universities in the USA and Germany.

In February 1989, there was even a chat between Oulu, Finland, and Corvallis, Oregon, over the Internet.

But the first big chat service that anyone could use was the CompuServe CB Simulator in 1980. It was created by Alexander “Sandy” Trevor from CompuServe in Columbus, Ohio. Even before that, there were similar things like UNIX “talk” in the 1970s.

Nowadays, chat is part of many video-conferencing tools. A study found that during work-related video meetings, using chat lets people talk without interrupting the meeting. They can plan things together and make sure everyone is involved.

But chat can also be distracting, and it might make it so that not everyone has the same information.

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