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SPIRTUALLY : WORKS SMILINGS - DON'T WAIT. THESE MIGHTY STUDENTS FROM Great  America : Founder Framers : Jordan, Bilal, Salar and this hero from India, Vishnu are hereby and herein advised to set up chat group / groups.

TO FIX THE WORLD : ON THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY, The Heroic Students of the world zoomed and zapped and spun, but erroneously turned shy and inwards.

REMEMBER : The World Students Society and SamDailyTimes isn't about content and posting. It's about chatting.

WHAT'S BEST and Greatest about the web is casual conversation based on mighty shared interests.

As we debate the negative effects of social media, consider the earliest and arguably the most prevalent way that we use the Internet to connect with other people : The Chat.

NETWORKED CHATTING PREDATES the Internet; there might not be a more obvious thing to do with two-connected computers. In 1988, the first version of the Internet Relay Chat, or IRC, made widely available -

A new and yet instantly familiar mode of communication  : groups of people choosing each other and then typing together in real time.

From then on, chat was everywhere. Mainstream service providers, including CompuServe and AOL, embraced chat. So did email services. Napster was a chat app.

Multiplayer games, a profoundly social experience, have always hinged on the embedded or peripheral group chat. Smartphones immediately became the ultimate chatting machines. The biggest social apps of the 2010s, with their various spins on posting, sharing and following, all eventually built either chat features or chat-like DM services, some of which were spun off.

LIVESTREAMING? That's about chat, too. For students / people who have spent enough time online -or, probably most students under the age of 30 - chatting in a live context is as natural as talking on the phone, and common.

Chatting isn't posting. It unfolds in real time, or at least it can, if both parties are present. Chats select themselves - they're conversations you enter with either one other person or many. You have the  freedom to join and leave.

Self-selected groups tend to share something - if not a set of well understood norms and expectations, at least a common interest or purpose.

They're private by default, and they tend to have a great deal of latitude to set their own rules, even on big centralized services. You can see everything from the chat, and nobody can see you.

Then there are the benefits that feel almost too obvious to write out. Chatting is like hanging out. It's like sitting at a table. It's like going on a walk.

Contrast that with life on the feed, where each post is a performance informed by the user's specific and invisible perspective on a platform the user doesn't totally understand.

CHAT'S blessing and curse has always been that it's hard to monetize talking : Much more than an ad in a feed, that ad in a chat would feel like an interruption.

This has relegated our most important and fulfilling conversations to features stuck within a larger subsidizing context - AOL, Gmail, Facebook, your game of choice - and left the rest of the market to specialize [Campfire, Slack, Signal] or fight over scraps.

But the best chat service is, as it always has been, the one you don't have to think about using.

We were chatting before the feeds took over, and we'll still be chatting when they're gone. In the meantime, making your experience of the internet more pleasant might be as simple as posting less and chatting more.

New versions for online socializing place chatting in a more central role. Younger readers / students game players might be familiar with Discord, an app where a quarter billion people hang out in servers of their own creation.

Discord, which would more or less make sense to an IRC user from 1988, can be understood as an attempt to build a social media that is ultimately subordinate to chatting.

It's increasingly common to see online communities, fandoms and whole websites direct users to an affiliated Discord server; Reddit may be where many newline groups start, but subreddit Discords are often where the real energy is.

The cryptocurrency and NFT worlds, in particular, have embraced Discord, which helps provide their decentralized endeavours with a sense of place and membership.

That's not the only way that chatting feels like the future. Recently, Mark Zuckerberg strolled through virtual environments, talking about how the next Internet would enable us to interact intimately from all around the world, in ways that felt immersive, direct and personal, rather than alienating and awkward.

His pitch was futuristic, but the description of this idealized new world sounded awfully familiar. Spiritually, the metaverse isn't posting. It's chat.

The Honor and Serving of  the Latest Global Operational Research on Technology, the Future and The World Students Society, continues. We thank John Herrman most profoundly.

With respectful dedication to The Global Founder Framers of The World Students Society, for every subject in the world : wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter - !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011:

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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