Many years ago, I use to think that people who chatted online were losers. Actually, many of my friends have said that too. We laughed and joked about the computer geeks and online chatters, and I even remember hearing myself say that I would never become a computer geek. Now, eight years later, I can't help to laugh at myself because I became the one person that I didn't want to become and that was a computer geek. But as I think about it, it is not so bad because when I look around me everything is becoming technological, and with learning more and more about the computer daily is just helping me keep up with the up rise in technology. I admire those who I called computer geeks back then and I am proud to say that I have been an America Online user for six years now.
America Online is a place where people from all around the country, even some foreign countries, can come together and chat about certain topics or to just socialize in places called chat rooms. There are well over a thousand of these chat rooms on America Online, each one pertaining to someone's interest. And if not, they can always make their own public chat room. When I first started using America Online, I became addicted to talking to people around the country because it was just fascinating to me. I use to be this really shy kid around school and I wouldn't talk much unless I had something important to say and if not, I would just walk around with my friends and just listen to what they have to say to other people and so on. In these chat rooms, I was anything I wanted to be. No one could see me and therefore no one could judge me based on my looks and appearance, but only by how the conversation was going.
I like using America Online. Of course, it has its ups and downs. Some downers are getting kicked off for no reason or taking endless of minutes to sign on. But a plus to this side is that sometimes the connection may be fast and one can log on quicker. Another good thing is that it is easy to use and there are so many places to explore. Then the downside to all this is the lack of time in exploring all these rooms. Another downside is that there are "progs," people who make programs to destroy a person's account or to send viruses, and this hinders you from coming back to the virtual community. I know a lot about these types of people because I mostly talked to these people. I have even used their programs to destroy an account or two in my years of using America Online. I also know that it is a cardinal sin to give away program secrets and therefore it is hard to gain the trust of these people, but sometimes you get a programmer who tells you all the secrets and this helps you to watch out for certain things. These online communities can prove to be a useful contact. I mean just by meeting some of these programmers, one can learn so much about their computer and how to protect it from viruses that even virus scanners can't pick up. These...