Hey guys! I’ve viewed these forums regularly over the last few months while making a long form YouTube documentary about Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, and AOL/AIM’s glory days, titled “A/S/L- How we used to do on the internet in the days of AOL, AIM, and Yahoo Messenger”, and I now I need your help.
The documentary is focused on the beginnings of online dating, the evolution of how we interact online, the fun of hitting the chats late night for a little fun before smart phones and social media, and the history of Yahoo/MSN Messenger/AOL/AIM. Its my love letter to one of the most memorable portions of my life during my pre-teen to teen years.
The quality of this doc isn’t your typical YouTube video. I’ve put unreal amounts of time, money and production value into this. I’ve been working on it for years on and off, and finally, I’m almost done… but I’m missing several key things in the form of screenshots and screen recordings, mainly on the chat side of things. Thanks to Escargot and The Phoenix Project, I’ve been able to recreate all messaging examples, however, anything chat related, I’m running very thin.
Screenshots and Screen Recordings Examples that I’m looking for-
- I have very little video of actual 98’-2002’ish Yahoo and MSN chats, period.
- Examples of how annoying chats could get, with people screaming through a microphone or typing the same thing over and over in obnoxious font.
- A/S/L’s with replies in user replies, in chat.
- Yahoo and MSN chat icons that would appear in the user list when someone went on webcam, or was private. (Video, I have plenty of pics, although mostly low res.)
- Examples of random “clean” chats “going dirty”.
- A picture of the Yahoo, or MSN adult chat room lobbies.
- Someone trying to connect to another user’s webcam while in chat (or actually connecting).
I know some of you have tried to implement Yahoo and MSN chat into Escargot, so I don’t know if there is anyway to easily recreate some of these situations without having to Photoshop all of it. I also have a feeling some of you have screenshots and video the rest of the world wouldn’t. If any of you can help me in tracking down ANY of these things, I’d be forever grateful, and of course would credit anyone that pitched in!