Users formed full-fledged online relationships with people they had never even met.Sure, in real life you may have been a Dungeons and Dragons playing loner with duct-taped glasses, but online you could be the suave AOL romeo you'd always dreamed of being. It's going date us immensely when we someday tell our children of plugging a common search term in a search engine and having zero results, but we'll know that we were the true online pioneers. Only, truth be told, all the people in those rooms were probably either under the age of 12 or over the age of 50.

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It's remarkable to think that just a decade earlier, we were content to wait five minutes to catch even the briefest glimpse of the internet. ", we'd be clamoring to reach our favorite chat rooms.

Nowadays, if a website takes more than three seconds to load we're all about one step away from tossing the laptop out the window. As AOL was the premier internet service of the 90s, a good chunk of the online population could be found roaming these virtual spaces.

In our innocence, though, we were too giddy to be bothered by these facts.

These were the days before My Space, Facebook, or online dating, so people everywhere used this free market chatroom environment to make connections.

I don't know about you, but this was a great source of fun for my pals and I as children.

In one room we could be exotic 18-year old Brazilian twins working to get our modeling careers off the ground while in the next we could easily slip into the guise of a mysterious lonelyhearts Spanish exchange student seeking a nice middle aged office drone to. Sometimes we may have outed ourselves as the 12/Fs we really were, but in general the idea was to fool others into believing the bull we were serving up.

From the moment a person asked, "A/S/L", you knew it was on.

That is, imploring his chatroommates to give their age, sex, and location.

Mind you, this was years before Chris Hansen was popping in to offer you a seat while the decoy internet teen went to go check on the hot tub.

There was no catching of predators, no online policing, just pure, unadulterated dangerous fun.

Back in the day, there was no wireless or high speed internet connections, there was a little phone jack that shared a common line with our home phones.