Sometimes email is clumsy and difficult to manage when one really needs to have an interactive conversation. The Internet provides for that as well, in the form of talk. Two users can literally see each other type across thousands of miles.
To talk with Bart Simpson at Widener, one would type
which would cause a message similar to the following to be displayed on Bart's terminal:
Message from Talk_Daemon@cs.widener.edu at 21:45 ... talk: connection requested by firstname.lastname@example.org talk: respond with: talk email@example.com
Bart would, presumably, respond by typing `talk firstname.lastname@example.org'.
They could then chat about whatever they wished, with instantaneous
response time, rather than the write-and-wait style of email. To
There are two different versions of talk in common use today. The
first, dubbed "old talk," is supported by a set of Unix systems
(most notably, those currently sold by Sun). The second,
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