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It’s time we go back to the roots of online chatting

In the beginning, services such as Talkomatic and AIM (AOL Instant Message) were welcomed as a way for users to interact with people they wouldn’t have otherwise; their real life identity was not important. Users interpreted anonymity as a right, and any attempt to suppress it was considered a violation of the First Amendment.

But Facebook changed everything. With a public domain to connect with friends, family and coworkers, users willingly relinquished their right to anonymity in order to carry on their IRL relationships online. And because of this, offline communication suffered, and the effects of this are tangible Read more…

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