It is another way of getting another chatter to talk to you, but it is considered to be rude unless you have no choice to, which is usually when no matter what you have said in the chat, everyone is still ignoring you even though you have not typed anything rude or insulting.
Chat Abbreviations To cut down time on typing, many people have started using abbreviations for various actions and phrases.
These sure come in handy when you want to give someone a cyber-smooch or a wedgie from the dark depths of the ocean!
The following abbreviations and their meanings are some of the most commonly used out there. SETE Smiling Ear To Ear SHID Slaps Head In Disgust SO Significant Other SWAK Sealed With A Kiss SWL Screaming with Laughter SYS See You Soon TA Thanks Again TOY Thinking Of You TTFN Ta Ta For Now TTYL Talk To you Later WB Welcome Back WTH What/Who The Heck YBS You'll Be Sorry YG Young Gentleman YL Young Lady YM Young Man ttyl talk to you later ttys talk to you soon tcob taking care of business ttfn ta ta for now Another thing that was previously mentioned is your text size and appearance.
With IRC chats however just type in the addresses for the person to write down since IRC's are text only and you cannot go from an IRC chat room directly to the world wide web. And after talking with this person for some time you may become attracted to them and vice versa.
It just might be what we call in cyberspace, cyber-love.
For a much bigger list the WBS Chat Book has a whole list compiled from various users from all over including various smileys!! If you choose you can use text editing to increase the size of your text to catch someone's attention.
This is most of the list from that place: AFAIK As Far As I Know AFK Away From Keyboard ASAP As Soon As Possible BBL Be Back Later BBN Bye Bye Now BBS Be Back Soon BEG Big Evil Grin BF Boy Friend BRB Be Right Back BTW By The Way BWL Bursting With Laughter C&G Chuckle and Grin CID Crying In Disgrace CNP... This can make your messages in bold, italics, or color.
Or if you want to do the asterix technique instead in an IRC chat you can do that also.