International Chat Rooms

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Exploring international chat rooms can be a fun, exciting, and interesting experience in communication. The fun begins when a person arrives on a website. There are people all over the world participating in the conversation. In general, chat rooms are not the best type of communication vehicle. But what they do is provide a forum to get the conversation started. The great thing about participation is that a person can remain anonymous to the group. This helps people who are shy in getting started. Chat rooms often are mini communities of people who meet on a regular basis and talk to each other. If on the same wavelength, a new person may find the conversations enjoyable . "And he said , Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels , such as have not been done in all the earth,nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee." (Exodus 34:10)

The culture of international chat rooms is eclectic; at best. A jumble of people all trying to have their voices heard. The critical piece of this environment is to be still and wait for the right time to jump in. Find out about the conversations that are taking place. Though very informal, there is a matte of etiquette. The etiquette of chatting is similar to that of being at a party. There are basically 6 rules a person should follow: 1) Be respectful- Being offensive, abusive, threatening, or harassing will normally get a person thrown out of a chat room. 2) Use "clean" language - obscenities, sexual, and derogatory language is not welcome and not tolerated in most international chat rooms. 3) Refrain from using all capital letters when a message is typed. It is considered "yelling." 4) Avoid performing or participating in a "gender check." There is not usually a reason for someone to know your gender unless it is a dating website. 5) Be sure to greet everyone in the room and ask permission to join the conversation. Then, wait for a response. 6) Sometimes it's difficult for new people to get into the conversation. An individual can just watch the conversation for a while and make sure they get the gist of the conversation before making a contribution.

General rules of etiquette apply in this environment. An individual with good manners would never think to burst into a room, interrupt a conversation, blurt out obscenities, ask people how old they are, etc... Yet people in chat rooms will often perform one or more of these behaviors. there is something about the anonymity of the internet that makes people think it's okay. Basically, in international chat rooms, a person simply wants to behave in a civil manner. Greet people politely. Don't interrupt in the middle of a conversation. When others enter the room, be sure to greet them. Wait your turn before jumping into the fray. Chat in short sentences. When a person is passionate and wants to get a point across, they simply do something akin to putting a finger in the air. Placing an asterisk before and after a statement, points it out as emphatic. Any other, more demonstrative, display would be considered rude and vulgar. When there is questioning about age and gender, this is generally acknowledged as crude and tasteless. There may be people who use international chat rooms to advance an unsavory agenda. There may use fowl or explicit sexual language. Or perhaps someone is just annoying; contributing, what amounts to, "garbage" to the conversation. Unnecessary, this behavior should not be tolerated by other users.

There are a couple of different ways to deal with this situation. Either a person can ignore the offender or they can leave the room. Typically, the rules are pretty lax in these environments. Many of the international chat rooms do not collect any information that would be considered personally identifiable without the user's explicit awareness and agreement. There are cases where the user might provide information like name, age and gender. For this type of setting, a person may also include their location. These types of websites will often only take information that is legally required and not much else. for example, logging of a person's IP address can help to track down abuser s of the website. If the law is requiring information to be gathered, it is usually due to security concerns. The law wants to protect people who may unwittingly give someone too much information. In those cases of collection, the information is not shared without permission with third parties. Some international chat rooms do record and collect statistical information about how well the website is doing. This is for marketing purposes of the website. the website would want to know what they are doing right and how they can improve the performance of the site. The website can accomplish this by finding out from what website a user is coming from. Useful to marketing a website is to know whether a person found the website using a search engine or another referral service.

The fun in exploring international chat rooms lies in the search. Just coming to a website for an experience may not be the way to go. Take some time to check out what people are talking about. It's probably best if a person has been directed to the website by another website of interest. People all over the world participate in chatting and conversing online. Some chat for fun and some for profit. It's a good idea to use a chat room to get a conversation started. Potentially, a person could leverage that experience into a relationship. The anonymity allows people who are somewhat shy to ease into a group. A chat rooms is mini communities of people who a person can find common ground with and communicate online.

International Online Community

An international online community may be created for a myriad of reasons. In fact, these types of networks come in a huge range of sizes and cover a multitude of topics from A to Z. But they have this thing in common the sites are designed to attract members from more than one country. The most popular social networking sites have over one hundred million members from all over the world. The companies behind the top competitors offer the sites in multiple languages to appeal to a world-wide audience. Some of the companies discover that their popularity is higher in one or two other countries than in the United States; even so, the overall global popularity places them among the top ten of social networking communities. A particular company has saturated a small European country to the extent that it has more native members, mostly young people, than the population of that country's largest city. Though this company's network isn't an international online community, it's saturation in a single location is remarkable. Obviously, being able to connect with such a large number of people through one website is appealing to marketers and promoters.

As popular as they are, and will continue to be as new members join them, social networking communities are only one way for people to make online connections. Beyond social interactions, individuals also are attracted by professional and topical networks. By joining a professional network, a member receives several benefits. For example, the individual may find new employment opportunities or talented new employees. A person can review other members' profiles to build relationships with potential clients. A professional international online community can be beneficial to members who are interested in seeking employment overseas or in global expansion for their companies. Though memberships are usually free, a networking site may offer an upgraded service to individuals who pay a premium. The upgraded service often comes with additional features and increased access to relevant information. Like the social networks, a professional networking site requires members to create a profile. For many people, such a site is an important career management tool that gives them some control over their identity.

Even though a general business network can provide important contacts to its members, some people prefer niche sites. For example, a high school history teacher may benefit from joining an international online community that is especially designed for educators. As part of this network, the teacher can collaborate with other educators from around the world to bring a global perspective on world events into her classroom. The students may become pen pals with their peers in a classroom thousands of miles away. Such connections can result in lifelong friendships, but at the very least, provide an innovative learning experience that broadens the students' horizons. Teenagers who are fortunate enough to be involved in such a project will learn more about another country's culture, tradition, and heritage than could ever be learned from reading a textbook. The informational exchange between the different classrooms in an educational international online community enhances the entire learning experience. Knowledge of other cultures can be a positive testimony. When the apostle Paul was in Athens, some philosophers asked about his teaching. "Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you" (Acts 17:22-23).

Another website that caters to a niche market is designed for such professionals as urban planners, architects, conservationists, landscape designers, and contractors. These professionals use their membership to share ideas and resources for global projects. Similarly, a network exists for professionals who are interested in developing consistent nanotechnology standards throughout the world. Inconsistent technical standards hinder the creation of applications for multi-national use. By joining together in an international online community, these talented and knowledgeable individuals can resolve these hindrances. A third example of a niche network is one designed for amateur astronomers. These devoted hobbyists are fascinated with the wonders revealed in the night skies and are less concerned with manmade geographic boundaries here on the earth. Within the networking community, the astronomers can learn more about constellations and planetary orbits, share their own observations, and participate in discussions with one another.

Anyone who is interested in a particular topic may be able to find an international online community designed specifically for that topic. The subject may a particular hobby or interest or perhaps a certain profession. Joining such a network will broaden one's connections and horizons as global friendships are created and an international perspective is gained. Because of the internet, the world has become a much smaller place that allows people from opposite corners of the globe to chat with one another. This is a great opportunity for individuals to reach out to faraway neighbors in friendship and goodwill. Additionally, such connections allow even the smallest business to potentially reach millions of potential customers or clients. Indeed, the fields of psychology, communications, and marketing and advertising are all interested in the potential of the international online community websites for both business and professional purposes. These are exciting times when friends can be made and clients can be wooed through online networking. Teachers and students have tremendous opportunities to easily interact with faraway classrooms. And professionals and hobbyists easily engage with others who share their expertise or interests. Now is the time to get connected and join the global community.



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