New to Online Chatting: Getting Started, Understanding our Chat Rooms

Welcome to OnlineFreeChat.com! If you're ready to get started in our free chat rooms, read this.

Never used online chat rooms before? Where were you throughout the 90s? Before Facebook and Twitter, where most people socialize on the Internet now, chat rooms were the number one way to socialize online. Even though other social media platforms dominate now, they are too central, and less anonymous than ever before. Online chat rooms still serve a few good purposes, thanks to their anonymity, low barriers to entry, and global reach. For instance, our chat rooms are still a great way to just kick back and relax while meeting new and interesting people. If you're looking for some more immediate satisfaction, you can find hook-ups and sex chat partners. You might even find your next long term relationship.

Hassle-Free Chat: No Registration

Online chat rooms are generally pretty easy to get started in. Most of the time, all you need to do is enter a username, date of birth, and connect, and you'll be free to join chat rooms with whatever topics you might like. This is where our chat, in particular, shines, though: We do not require a tedious registration process, as so many out there do. If you don't want to share your email address with us, or any personal information at all, you don't have to. (Note: Our date of birth collection is so that we can make sure that you attest that you are over the age of 18. We do not store this information.) However, if you want to register, in order to have a persistent username and profile, that also is free and requires very little effort.

You're In: After You've Joined

Once you've entered your username and connected, you'll probably be looking at the chat room, divided up into some sections. Chat should be on the left by default, and the list of users should be on the right. (This may be hidden if your screen is too small, however.) Everyone in the room can type whatever they want, for anyone to see, and that includes you! We recommend going with the flow. Observe the chat for a moment, figure out what is being talked about, and contribute to the conversation. This is a great way to make new friends.

If you're looking for something specific, or a more intimate experience, you are free to send private messages or whispers to anyone in the user list, or to join rooms focused on topics that interest you. For some tips to help you comport yourself in such a way as to get what you want out of the chat, have a look at our chat success tips.

The Chat Room that is Right For You

Our website has links to take you directly to whatever chat room you're interested in. Sex Chat is our busiest room, and a good place to start, especially if its content is exactly what you're looking for, but you aren't stuck there if you don't want to be. You can even be in several chats all at once! Use the "rooms" button to be given a list of chat rooms available to you, as well as the number of users in each room and the rooms' topics.

Take your coat off. Stay a while.

While using our chat rooms, you might notice that you can click on other users' names, and it will give you some options. Among these options are some of the ways that you can interact with other people. Anyone can send whispers and private messages to other users, as well as view webcams and listen to them on their microphones -- assuming the user is broadcasting, of course.

This is where registration comes in. Registration is like upgrading yourself from a visitor, who can do a lot and derive a lot of enjoyment from our chat rooms, to a full-fledged member who is at home here and receives all the perks. Once you register, your username becomes persistent, meaning you own it and no one else can use it. You can create a profile, broadcast your webcam and microphone for anyone (or only specific people, if you prefer) to see and hear. It's a completely free upgrade, with no drawbacks. OnlineFreeChat.com will never sell your personal information or send you spam emails. The only emails you will receive from us are the registration confirmation email and notifications -- which can be turned off easily -- when someone sends you a private message or a profile post on our forums.

Personal Custom Chat Rooms

Once you've started getting the hang of things in our chat rooms, you might notice all the smaller rooms that start with a "##" prefix. Those are custom chat rooms, owned by the user they are named after. These user-owned chat rooms are run according to the owning users' whims. They are free to kick, ban, or mute anyone who joins, or invite specific people to join. They can set the topic and even enforce it. These "##" rooms that you see are something that every user gets, 100% free, when they join chat.

That includes you! Once you've made OnlineFreeChat.com your home, you get your own room. Since it's your room, you get to be in charge. Set a topic, invite people, get rid of who you don't like. If your room becomes one of the most popular, it could even be featured on our website.