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However, because of the intense persecution of minor-attracted persons and the greater anonymity offered by the Internet, many boylovers and girllovers feel more comfortable finding friends and confidants online than in real life. As such, the online community has grown since around 1997, with sites such as BoyChat establishing themselves as important meeting places.
One of the most popular ways to participate in this online community is through message boards (also known as Bulletin Board System-style, or BBS-style, forums). These are websites (for example, BoyChat) in which posters write messages to one another. The messages remain available for long periods of time while other posters read and respond to them.
Another common way of interacting with the online community is via real-time chat services such as that offered by websites such as LifeLine, instant messaging services, and IRC. These communities have the advantage of permitting instant response and reaction to one's communications, with the disadvantage of being fleetingly ephemeral with regards to their content. IRC, along with Usenet, was the core of the online boylove community before the rise in popularity of BL message boards.
Usenet, often simply referred to as "newsgroups" was arguably the birthplace of the Online CL community and remains a moderately active part of it. IRC was also a spawning ground of the movement as we know it today, but Usenet came first and probably had a much larger user base. Newsgroups are essentially threaded collections of messages similar to email. The messages are formatted according the NNTP protocol. Usenet is typically accessed with a specialized "newsreader" although some HTTP sites allow web access to some groups. alt.support.boy-lovers was a somewhat popular newsgroup in the mid 1990s.