I just got back into a fandom I've been neglecting for quite a while now. You get no points for guessing.
Although I a pretty big fan of the series, I haven't been much involved within the fandom since the beginning. I reserve myself to merely checking for updates and cheering every time Hussie doesn't end up doing something cruel, and that's that.
Recently though, I started to delve into the MSPA forums. And through a series of incomprehensible events that I didn't even really remember, I ended up downloading Pesterchum. I wasn't planning on that, really - my initial plan was to stick to discussing about the possible ways Hussie might develop DD into a new Jack Noir. Someone there just convinced me to do it, so I did.
I figured I might as well have an alternate way to communicate with my contacts, just in case in some bizarre circumstance my phone doesn't work and my Skype crashes and I can't go out to meet them personally. But for some reason I just HAD to click on that Random Encounter option and started going on completely random conversations for hours into the night (one even stretched on to the morning after that). It was... fun. I don't really like chatting with random strangers out of worry that I might get matched with someone... uncomfortable. That kind of happens a lot in Omegle. No offense Omegle lovers. Really.
But it's different with Pesterchum - you sort of have this certainty that 99% of the time, the person you're matched with is a fellow fan. That makes things less awkward, because even if you don't know that person, you at least know something you can talk to them about that they also understand. As for that meager 1%, ice cream always ends up being a nice icebreaker.
I tried roping some of my pals into using Pesterchum, but like I said, that 1% just isn't as likely to use Pesterchum as regularly as a fan of the series would. Hell, one of them outright told me they'd uninstall it right after they tried it. I don't mind - you're entitle to use whatever means of communication you want, aren't you? It's just a shame that they'd never learn the beauty of chatting with quirks peppered right and left throughout your conversation, but hey. Their loss, not mine ;D
M-chan, signing out!
PS: To anyone reading this, if you'd like to add me on Pesterchum, my chumhandle is puncturedCoroner. I look forward to pestering you and vice versa! ヾ(＠^▽^＠)ﾉ