I don't think I ever used hangouts when they were around. I barely remember the dating area.
Got luck within my first week of being on Gaia and got 2 pink links, I bought my Doll Ears, and can never sell them for that reason. My first major quest item was a Kiki and I got that because of slots. I paid 26k for her.
If you've been on Gaia for ages, you'll probably remember this:
1. Pink link where it gives you 1k randomly if you see a thread/forum with a pink highlight.
2. Friends Hangout, where another user's avator is next to yours. You get to chat to them.
3. The whole anti- Gambino and Anti Von Helson Picket Sign. They were 1k for the picket sign.
4. Sealed letters were only 5k each back then.
5. People going to the cinema, throwing popcorns and not really watching the movie.
I remember all of that! I almost forgot about number 3 XD so long ago! I miss the friend hangout the most. I used to do that all the time! It was so much fun! Maybe it is just nostalgic for me! Ah the good old daysemotion_kirakira... I am turning into such an old day sweatdrop
By the way, I have these dragon eggs. If you like this stuff, pick yourself up a couple. If you don't, that is fine too. Either way, I need help with my eggs. Please click on each one to help it hatch. If they don't hatch, they will die.
Also, I promise to click on yours if you have any.