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Facebook's Rooms Brings Back the Chatroom
By: Jessica Cherok
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Miss the old chatroom style of the 1990s? If so, Facebook has just the feature for you. The launch of their new Rooms app brings back fond memories of message boards.

Facebook is seeking to bring people together based off common likes and experiences. It’s not about chatting with people you already know. It’s about chatting with people who share the same interests. In fact, Rooms is so little about people you know, it’s not even associated with your Facebook profile.

What is Rooms like? It’s a hybrid of Instagram and a chatroom. According to its announcement post:
 
“A room is a feed of photos, videos, and text — not too different from the one you have on Instagram or Facebook — with a topic determined by whoever created the room. Early users have already created rooms for everything from beat boxing videos to parkour to photos of home-cooked meals. There’s even a room called “Kicks From Above” that showcases photographs of cool shoes in cool places.

Not only are rooms dedicated to whatever you want, room creators can also control almost everything else about them. Rooms is designed to be a flexible, creative tool. You can change the text and emoji on your like button, add a cover photo and dominant colors, create custom “pinned” messages, customize member permissions, and even set whether or not people can link to your content on the web. In the future, we’ll continue to add more customizable features and ways to tweak your room.”

Rooms is available in the App Store.


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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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