You Said Hello With A/S/L
No, A/S/L does not stand for American Sign Language. Instant Messagers used this as a way of greeting someone to ask them their age, sex, and location. People crosschecked to see if the person on the other side was a good fit. This was an exciting time for people using instant messenger, as they could chat with people on internet soil in real-time. They didn’t have to rely on a landline to make a phone call. Even though this method was a lot slower and less reliable than Wi-Fi, it’s all they had (Academic Kids).