Posting Your Pictures
After you have gotten your name some Internet chats (not IRC chats
and text only) have the option of allowing you to post up a picture
next to your name. This is kind of a marking or identifying icon
for you. It's a pretty simple process, just find a picture of appropriate
size, something small and doesn't take up the entire screen (some
chats have a deal where you are limited on the file size of the
picture). Remember this picture is going to represent your name
and yourself in particular. And of course you can post up your very
own snap shot of yourself if you want everyone in the chat to know
what you look like. But be warned. Some chatters will make fun of
you because you were nutty enough to post your own picture up. Believe
me, I've had it happen. In my opinion some of these idiots were
just jealous of what I did so ignore people who make fun of those
who post their own picture up. To post your picture up you will
have to refer to whatever the chat has for instructions on how to
post up your picture next to your name. Many chats have different
ways of doing this so unfortunately I cannot give you the stuff
on it other than remember the whole address of the picture and you
will definitely have to use the http:// URL for it.
Some Internet chats allow you to post up pictures for other chatters
to view. And again some have file size limitations. As for how to
post these up, again each chat has their own way of having you post
miscellaneous pictures. Just remember the address of the picture
and refer to any instructions the chat has of posting up regular
pictures for the chatters viewing pleasure.
Striking Up The Right Conversation
The next step is how to talk to people. Saying a nice greeting
to everyone is the best way to catch someone's attention. If that
doesn't work usually it's best to address someone with a question.
For example, to ask someone a question you may want to use this
format to do it and to talk to others the same way:
Person's name: Your question
Most of the time you will get someone's attention this way. Try
not to yell, this is where you either type in all capitals or use
text editing to increase the font size and bold type of your message.
In IRC's you can only type in all capitals, there is no text editing.
It is another way of getting another chatter to talk to you, but
it is considered to be rude unless you have no choice to, which
is usually when no matter what you have said in the chat, everyone
is still ignoring you even though you have not typed anything rude
Doing Actions Within The Chat
Another aspect of chat rooms is doing a particular action within
the chat. The format used to do it is like this: **your action here**.
You can use as many asterixes as you want when typing these out.
The actions you do can be pretty much anything. From hugging an
on-line friend to giving someone a cyber-beer to drink. Also you
can use the abbreviations previously mentioned also. When in IRC
chats there's the "/me" command to do your actions. Just
type it in like this: /me your action here, and it will print out
your name and the action you just did. Or if you want to do the
asterix technique instead in an IRC chat you can do that also. It
depends on the person's preference of doing their actions. These
sure come in handy when you want to give someone a cyber-smooch
or a wedgie from the dark depths of the ocean!
Posting Links And E-Mail
Now during a conversation with someone, they happen to ask for
your homepage address or e-mail address, but you don't know how
to post it up. This is not a problem. Considering most Internet
chats are very lenient with this it's very easy to post up an address.
In most cases all you have to do in Internet chats is just type
out the web site address' URL, like this:
With e-mail addresses the format is a bit different:
In some Internet chats you may have to employ full HTML coding
to post up a web or mail link. Again you will have to refer to any
instructions that the chat has on posting links. With IRC chats
however just type in the addresses for the person to write down
since IRC's are text only and you cannot go from an IRC chat room
directly to the world wide web. It's a different program and connection.
Long Distance Relationships
Ahhhhh, cyber-love. Such a new and wonderful concept, that is until
you see the person you're talking to in person! **chuckle** Just
kidding there folks. While chatting away you may come across someone
who happens to have your same interests. And after talking with
this person for some time you may become attracted to them and vice
versa. It just might be what we call in cyberspace, cyber-love.
A lot of people out there have met their significant others through
the computers and why shouldn't you? There's just a few things to
follow and to keep an eye on. Considering that this relationship
maybe over a long distance the chances of you meeting the other
person are almost next to none. But don't let this stop you from
keeping in contact of each other. Usually people will keep in contact
through e-mail, regular mail, and sometimes phone calls. And if
you do somehow find a way to meet, hey more power to you! Just keep
in mind however that things can happen in a chat just as they do
outside. An example would be cyber-cheating. Just as the name implies,
cheating can happen on a computer just as in real life. Just read
those stories of married people having affairs on-line. All I can
say is, cheating through a computer is ridiculous, but unfortunately
it happens. And like I mentioned of other stuff happening, they
can also be messing around with someone not on-line and totally
stabbing you in the back. Just be careful when getting into a long
distance relationship with someone, it may seem great and everything,
but something just might be lurking under the surface.
If you happen to get into a relationship on-line through a chat
always be friendly toward the other person, unless they happen to
do something that makes you upset, use whatever means necessary
to break off the relationship. If you are looking for a relationship
on-line, try a singles chat. Don't go into a chat not truly meant
for cyber-love expecting to find the right person immediately. If
you do decide to crash a different chat, once again be careful.
And finally if you happened to be dragged into a relationship and
you weren't intending on getting involved with one, be cordial toward
the other person. There's nothing wrong about being friendly. Who
knows? Things can develop into wonderful stuff.
Defensive And Offensive Techniques
On occasion you will come across a chatter who will be irate with
you on something you said or who just thinks they are "da bomb."
Usually this will be the result of a disagreement on a particular
subject or something that can believed derogatory to many chatters.
Also there is a growing number of chatters who just go into rooms
to annoy other chatters. These people will just pick someone out
of the crowd and start insulting them for no apparent reason other
than to make themselves look cool and that they supposedly know
everything. Whether you purposely or inadvertently make some chatter
irritable you will need to know how to defend your comments or yourself
against such people and how to get back at them.
Pretty much most cyber-fights consist of insulting the other person.
How you insult them and how you time the insult is critical in embarrassing
the other person. First we will go into on how to defend yourself.
First off, firing back in the normal thing to do, but not always.
The best defense is to ignore the offending chatter. Usually this
will prompt them to continue ranting on how much of a weenie you
are on not fighting back. But believe me it is an effective way
of dealing with insulting people. Usually some Internet chats will
have an ignore box of where you can put someone's name into it and
it will not post up their messages unless you say so. IRCs do not
have this depending on a room's setup though and normally IRC chat
room operators will either kick someone out of the room with a warning
or ban them completely.
If you are just dealing with someone who is in disagreement over
a comment of yours, you can pretty much remedy the situation very
cleanly by being polite and ask them why they disagree. Now if you
are in the wrong over your comment then be cordial and apologize
about what you said. These are two ways to effectively diffuse a
potential "flame war" between you and another or more
chatters over something very trivial.
To go on the offensive in a chat room is a little bit different.
You can use insults both as an offensive and defensive screen. But
pretty much it's more offensive than anything else. :) When dealing
with the perpetrator or perpetrators it's a good thing to have a
quick and reflexive wit or a very good humorous mind. Spur of the
moment humorous and embarrassing insults will usually shut people
up and other times it will just aggravate them making the whole
situation even worse than before. Another thing is to watch how
they do their insults. Don't sink to their level if they use a lot
of profanity, very vulgar references, and mama jokes. By matching
what they are typing you're saying to everyone else in the chat
room that you are just as rude, crude, and vile as they are and
don't have much of an imagination.
By using humorous insults people in the chats will start laughing
at the intended victim, especially if they were being obnoxious
at the beginning. This tactic will also get chatters to back you
up against the offending chatter. If you have to get nasty with
your insults, get descriptive but don't use profane words if you
can help it. Believe me I have gotten very graphic at times to where
I pretty much grossed the offenders out and they left me alone after
that. And it definitely got some good laughs. :) And there have
been times where I knew some chatters defending themselves that
too have gotten very graphic to the point where it severally embarrassed
the offender or offenders and were left alone after that. There
are two more things to keep in mind. One is that if you have a lot
of on-line friends, reinforcements in flame wars or cyber-fights
really help, especially if they know you personally on-line or in
real life. And two try to keep cyber fights and flame wars from
spilling into the e-mail. Things can get nasty when e-mail gets
involved, like floods and e-mail bombs. If e-mail does become involved
just be careful of what you do.
Dealing With Cybersex
Another problem encountered in many chat rooms and it happens to
be a rampant thing these days, is cyber sex. This really is just
two or more people typing in their fantasies of what they're going
to do to the other person. It's a very simple, but an offending
concept in most chat circles. Also it's growing in popularity as
an alternative to safe sex.
There are a several ways of dealing with someone trying to get
you to have cyber sex with them. One, a plain and simple no will
suffice and a minor threat following it helps too. Two, reporting
the little pervert to the person watching over the chat is one way
to get them kicked out. Three, (this happens to be my favorite)
you can mess with their minds by acting like you want to engage
in the act and then start saying some funny stuff that will embarrass
them. If you can totally make fun of them for doing this and turning
their keyboard fantasy into a complete farce it is well worth the
laugh. And four, you can engage in this at your own free will. If
you do decide to engage in cyber sex just make sure it is not against
the rules to do something like this in the chat room you're in.
Numerous chatters on-line have come up with some humorous reasons
of why people engage in cyber sex. Some of them included that the
chatters doing this act are uglier than sin and cannot get a date,
they spend too much time on the computer and not enough time away
from it, and it's a safe way of not getting infected with a sexually
Terrorizing People On Purpose
As previously mentioned there comes a time where you will have
someone come on-line and start insulting people left and right,
making crude remarks every which way, and if it's a regular internet
chat that person will sometimes post up pictures that are very tasteless
just to annoy everyone. This is definitely not the right way to
make any friends on-line.
If you happen to be in the mood to actually be an obnoxious chatter
and want terrorize a chat room just remember, find the right chat
room where the people deserve to be picked on. Adult sex chats are
the one of the prime areas to do this The people in there constantly
are engaged in cyber sex and trading pornographic pictures and at
most times they deserved to be terrorized and made fun of on-line.
Also if the chat is full of chatters acting like morons, for example
some chats with the topic of video games have a number of chatters
proclaiming to be the master of whatever game they're discussing
about, these people are prime targets of being put in their place.
A thing to remember is when picking on people who deserve to picked
on in a chat don't do it in a chat that you frequent and are well
known in. If you do, try to change names if possible, then engage
in your mischief. And if you do this in a chat that you have just
discovered and want to come back to later for a regular chat session
you may be marked as a trouble maker. This can also be an automatic
way of getting kicked out for life by the other chatters or the
chat room operator. Just look for a chat that will definitely have
a majority of chatters in it posturing and saying they're God's
gift to the computer. Then give them a drubbing and a cyber-wedgie
that they will never forget and have other chatters laughing themselves
There are common courtesies to follow when in chats. Following
them will put you in other chatters eyes as being cordial, polite,
and a nice person. Some of those courtesies are as follows. One,
try not to spy on others you know in different chat rooms. If they
mention that they will be engaged in private conversation with someone
or another group, please respect their privacy. It's just like in
real life when someone needs to talk to another or others in private.
Two, be kind to chat room newcomers. These people usually are not
sure of what to do and will be a bit unsure of what to say. Be friendly
and welcome them into the chat room. Three, do not abuse your power
if you are a chat room operator or a very well known regular. Just
because you may know more than the others in the chat gives you
no right to lord your intelligence or popularity over everyone else's
heads. And four, try not to take up a lot of space for posting your
messages. A lot of chatters do not like scrolling down a lot just
to see a few messages after yours. If you do have to type a long
message to another person either send it private, if you can, or
chop it up into bits. You have to be respectful of other chatters
if you frequent a chat room regularly.
Chats are fun to be in, especially if they involve a special topic
you're interested in or you're just looking for a nice conversation
without all the in-your-face hassle. Just remember how to behave
yourself while in them and you'll do just nicely. Many people who
have not behaved themselves have had other chatters gang up on them
like ravenous pirana and deal with them appropriately. Just remember
to have fun, enjoy the discussions, and watch out for them 'dar