IT was popular, as long as the chats were announced beforehand. But the chat program was pretty basic, and I think it would have been a nicer chat program if people could have branched off into different groups for their conversations. Everyone always talked all at once, and you couldn't keep up. Eventually, it got confusing. You could always do one-on-one conversations, which it how I usually ended up chatting, but then your name would still be registering as in the chat room, and then people would be wondering what's up with you and where you were.
I still would like to see a MSN-type chat room around where folks could get online and people could do multiple conversations.