In the late '90s, a technological advancement occurred that forever changed the digital landscape.
Before this, using the internet was a costly proposition, and in most cases, charges were incurred based on the length of time you spent online.
While the terms "chat" and "instant messaging" are often used interchangeably, they are actually two different ways to communicate on the internet.
While you can chat while sending instant messages with friends and colleagues, an instant message is ultimately not a chat.
And to make things even more convenient, you don't even necessarily need to have a Facebook account to use the Messenger app.Compatibility: We Chat promises free "crystal clear voice and video calls" along with individual and group instant messaging.It offers multimedia messaging, group chat and calls, sticker galleries, your own moments photo stream and so much more.After AOL made staying online affordable, people realized they could stay online as long as they wanted, and chat rooms flourished.In 1997, at the height of the chat room craze, AOL hosted 19 million of them.