If someone gives you an inventory item (generating an IM message), the message lands in your inventory's Trash folder, and you can rescue it when you return.
If a scripted object sends the inventory, it is deleted immediately.
You can change this preference in your Second Life dashboard or the Viewer.
The expression online chat comes from the word chat which means "informal conversation".
It offered several channels, each of which could accommodate up to five people, with messages appearing on all users' screens character-by-character as they were typed.
Talkomatic was very popular among PLATO users into the mid-1980s.
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In 2014, Brown and Woolley released a web-based version of Talkomatic.