I think if you start posting , sincerely sharing, carefully thoughtful helping, and supporting you might pickups some people who might be interesting in chatting on the regular bases. It is nice to have friends who can bounce the problem or sharing thoughts with , keep our sanity in checks. Keeping us alive in time of hopelessness or share small happiness like a greeting cards by our sick bed. Gosh The more I write the more I sound like a cheesy hallmark cards but I guess down that road it's a true guilty pleasure to be happy with just small kind words from someone directly who we hardly know or a simply small breakthrough idea update , with our conditions that can change everything. I miss good old chat room but not missing spam virus and troll advertisements that causing lots of good online chat to be closed. Something similar to tweeting that solely base in here might work as well I think. How about open up a puplic free comments forum? Simply posting reply can be answer close to real time if you are on the other end but no particular topic just say whatever you will? If fight breaks out then have short timeline of showing the conversations like a days at best?