When I was younger I used to spend hours hanging around in chat rooms and meeting new people from all over the world.
Today I've had the chance to chat again, but in a slightly different way.
I've used Weblin, a very original software app that works together with your web browser, enabling you to chat with the people who are visiting the same webpage as you.
Also, your chat personality is more than just a plain nickname: it's a fully animated avatar that walks around the bottom bar of your browser window.
At the beginning it may be difficult to find people to chat with, but you can start by the program's "topcloud": a list of the most populated webpages that you can access from Weblin's icon in the system tray.
Following this method I soon met some nice people on Youtube and had a short chat with them. Conversations can be held via text balloons or standard chat window, but I wasn't sure which one to use.
On the one hand balloons behave in a strange way, as the text you send is not erased and you have to delete it before writing again; on the other hand, the chat window takes way too much space and it doesn't let me read webpages properly.
After chatting for a while, I started browsing Weblin's website and I was surprised to discover a highly detailed customization menu for your personal profile and avatar, which can't be found on the program's settings.
So once you've registered your account, be sure to visit the site and explore it for yourself.
Generally speaking, I found Weblin a very original chat app where you can have fun and make friends.
On the downside, having a dozen avatars sitting on a certain webpage really disturbs your web browsing.
An original way to chat with other people in your web browser, although certainly difficult to combine with actual web browsing.