people at times totally of you choosing, you can blog when you like,
post to Flickr or tweet at times which suit you. There are also good
options for when you are online at the same time as other people you
want to have a discussion with.
Instant messaging is chat communication over the internet. Many web
2.0 tools have instant messaging (or IM) included in their range of
services (Yahoo and Google to name a few).
Quite a few libraries offer IM as a way of contacting them for example the University of North Carolina library and Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Both of these examples show a range of IM options.
Most online games have chat communication as well as does Facebook.
Most IM have a audio and video chat option as well as a typing option so you
can talk with the person online as well. You need a webcam and microphone for this.
With any kind of IM you have to be online at the same time as the person you are
talking with (typing with).
Try Instant Messaging You will need to line up someone to do this
with you - feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.
Skype is telephony over the internet. It needs a registration (free) and some software installed on your computer. You might light to try it out. Feel free to contact me on skype (ellen_forsyth)
Twitter discussions are focused interactive twitter posts, usually
based around a #tag. This allows people to respond to comments and
ideas, and have their responses replied to in turn. This social chat
is an example of this .
Some conference tweeting also merges with this as people respond to the
ideas raised in a session.
Try some of the instant messaging tools.
What did you like about them?
How would they be useful in a library?