Spark

The chatroom isn't dead

How TWiT stays cutting-edge with old tech.
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People have all kinds of hobbies they're passionate about. But solving other people's tech problems for a hobby? It doesn't sound like it would be very fun. Yet that's what hundreds of hardcore geeks from around the world do: volunteer their time to help solve your tech problems.

TWiT is a very popular, tech-focused online broadcaster based in Northern California. The founder and chief TWiT, Leo Laporte, is one of the pioneers of podcasting. He hosts several of TWiT'S 20-plus podcasts and streams live video of the shows as they're recorded. The TWiT chatroom is hosted on TWiT's servers, but it's run by dedicated volunteers around the world.
Father Robert Ballecer, known online as Digital Jesuit, regularly offers his tech expertise on the TWiT chatroom. (TWiT)

The TWiT chat room isn't the only one of its kind, but few have the size of its community or its I.T. cred.

In this radio documentary, Spark contributor Jon Kalish  finds out why they use a practically ancient form of internet technology, and what motivates the people of the TWiT army to volunteer their time.

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