Meet New Buddies in AIM Chat Rooms

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Access AIM Chat Rooms

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AIM Chat Rooms have moved! You can now use AIM Chat on AOL Desktop.

While everyone knows AIM is a great tool for instant messaging with friends and family, did you know the client's free chat rooms are some of the most visited on the Internet? With a myriad of options and topics, you are sure to find new buddies to talk to with similar interests and more.

How to Start Chatting
To enter a chat, click the chat room button. This button looks like two message balloons overlapping and is the right-most button on the toolbar along the bottom of the buddy list.

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Select an AIM Chat

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Next, a small menu of the most popular AIM chat rooms will appear on your buddy list window. Select from this list by double-clicking the chat room title or click "more chat rooms" to see an extensive list of available topics.

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Browse AIM Chat Rooms

Browse AIM Chat Rooms
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An extensive list of available AIM chat rooms will populate in your web browser window. Peruse through the list of topics by choosing a category from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the page, or by scrolling through the individual list.

Once you have found a chat room you would like to join, double-click the title or click and then press "chat now" at the top of the page.

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Preview AIM Chat Rooms

Preview AIM Chat Rooms
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If you are not sure whether you would like to join a chat room at that time, you can check out the conversation without even entering.

To preview a AIM chat room, simply highlight the title, then click "Preview Chat" at the bottom right of the chat listings. A real-time preview of the chat will appear, allowing you to read what the environment is like before actually joining.

When you are ready to enter, hit "Join Chat" to load the chat room.

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Loading AIM Chat Rooms

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Once you have confirmed you would like to join an AIM chat room, the room will pop up in your web browser. To chat, simply enter text in the bottom text field and press enter on your keyboard or hit the "Send" button next to the field to send your message.