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What’s noteworthy about Chatible and other similar apps is the way it signals our shifting, yet still static notions of what it means to be “connected.” When instant messaging took off for the more mainstream computer user in the 1990s, the very wonderment of dialing up to ICQ or AIM was just that you could find your friend across town online, but more excitingly, you could get chatty with a mind-boggling array of total strangers around the world in rooms, private or public.