Old aim chat
It was the easiest way to talk to friends about anything and everything, whether late at night, during class, to friends across the hall or on opposite coasts.
And this quadrant is where we find AIM conversations.
Those magical experiences of just chatting with whoever’s online seem to have been lost.(What’s funny is that companies often design their office spaces to facilitate those chance encounters in the cafeteria or lobby or bathroom. ’ interactions can inspire creativity and catalyze partnerships, being hugely beneficial for company productivity and growth.)Messaging has evolved into many, many more forms, and AIM still happens to be around, along with its descendants Google Chat and Facebook Chat.
So maybe we (or, I) just got old and life happened.
The barrier to starting an AIM conversation always seemed lower than calling someone.
Maybe it was because you knew that whoever was online was also chatting with multiple people, and that you would not occupy 100% of that person’s attention unless they wanted for you to.As Ben points out, there has been less focus on the ‘synchronous / 1: Many’ quadrant until recent advances in data bandwidth and smartphones have enabled live video broadcasting by anyone and from anywhere, e.g., Meerkat and Periscope.