Before you can participate in any of AOL's chat rooms, there are a few necessary tasks you need to complete, including downloading the appropriate AOL software for your computer and signing up for a screen name.Both the software and account is free, and you won't need to subscribe to AOL's dial-up or broadband Internet service to access the chat rooms either.Prohibited language includes the following: It is prohibited on AOL chat to exploit minors for personal information, including names, telephone numbers, home addresses, or any other information one could use to track down the person.
Chat rooms created by members can be either private or public, and private chats require that you know the name of the chat room to participate. After you access the Created by AOL Members chat list, click "Start Your Own Chat" or "Enter or Start Private Chat" on the right.You can then type the private chat room's name to join an existing room or set up your own private room.Just enter some brief information above and begin chatting. Although there are active human moderators to watch over the chat rooms, they're only human, so utilize common sense and respect, behave yourself, and use the ignore feature if someone is being a tool. AOL offers a variety of chat rooms for members who use either its free or Desktop Gold web browsing software, have the standalone instant messaging application AIM, or play games on the AOL Games website.Users can join public chat rooms focused on their interests or start private chats with members they invite.
The only things you'll need are a free screen name and the appropriate software for the type of chat room you want to join.
Starting a chat is very simple for both AOL Desktop and AIM users and is as follows: Sponsored by AOL, lets members chat with each other during single player and multi-player games.
When you join a game, a chat box displays to the right and connects you with other people playing the same game.
Signing in to AOL Desktop, AIM, or AOL Games requires an AOL screen name, which will be used as your online ID and also provides a way for other members to contact you through email and instant messaging.
AOL's registration page lets you choose a screen name, fill out your personal information, and set up a password.
AOL also has a paid service, AOL Desktop Gold, that has chat rooms not available to users of the free or older versions of the software.