Starting a conversation When you first join a room, take a few minutes to sit back and see what the general topic of conversation is.
Other chatters involved in conversations are not going to stop and want you to get involved if all you do is jump into a chat room and say something like, "Hi, anyone want to chat? Gauge the feeling of the different personalities in the chat room, make comments or chat about the current subject being discussed and you are far more likely to be welcomed into the conversation making the rooms more pleasant for everyone.
Choosing the right chat name The more creative and original your chat name the better.
Please be aware our Chat Guides cannot monitor private conversations - some chatters will use this to their advantage by trying to engage in offensive chat or otherwise breaking the site rules.
You can obviously report abuse to us, and even prevent private messages altogether. Starting a private chat You should always ask a user via the public chat room for permission to send them a private message.
Try to reduce the time you spend in private chat as this will often exclude you from the communities in each chat room.
Sending a message Chat messages posted by all users are displayed in the main chat window.
This is called 'scrolling' - a form of disruption which is against the site rules. In chat rooms, when you type in CAPITAL LETTERS it is considered shouting.
Whilst you may feel the need to shout every now and then it is, just like in real life, considered rude most of the time.
Online enthusiasts are learning that shorthand are in fact called acronyms, but this is incorrect.
The difference between acronyms and shorthand is that with acronyms, (for example, 'ESP' is an initialism for 'extra sensory perception' whereas 'esp. The online practice is to refer to shorthand, initialisms, or abbreviations as acronyms.
BTW: If you ever see someone TYPING AN ENTIRE SENTENCE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS that means SHOUTING!
It is not proper netiquette to TYPE IN ALL CAPS (even in email), in fact, it's annoying.
Internet acronyms, text message jargon, abbreviations, initialisms, cyberslang, leetspeak, SMS code, textese With hundreds of millions of people texting regularly, it's no wonder you've seen this cryptic looking code!