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Room Service

How would you like to set up your own private Internet chat room--one that lets visitors click a "knock" button to see if you're in and, if you're not, just leave "stickies" that tell you they were there? Too complicated? Not with EarthLink's new Internet Rooms (http://www.earthlink.net/room), an all-in-one Web product that gives users private chat rooms.

Users can customize their rooms--Dilbert cartoons can be posted on "walls," for instance--but the real value is that it's a no-brainer way to set up an information kiosk about your business. EarthLink claims if you can use a keyboard and a mouse, you can set up a chat room. Check it out free for 30 days; thereafter, the cost is $29.95 annually. (EarthLink membership is also required; it costs $19.95 per month.)

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This article was originally published in the August 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Start Me Up.

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