The advent of Internet chat has allowed virtual teams to communicate just as effectively as those in the same office.
One member of my team "Sue" had an unusual perception on the proper use of the "lol" acronym. Instead of relaying the condition of "laughing out loud" she used it as more of an end of transmission signal. Much in the same manner that CB'ers would use "10-4" or the military would use "Roger".
Me: "Hey Sue, How's it Going"
Sue: "Hey, Doing Great LOL"
Me: "How did your doctor's visit go?"
Sue: "After some tests, it was determined that I have a flesh eating virus, LOL"
Sue: "Crap, there goes my left arm, LOL"
Me: "Holy Jesus, Sue"
Sue: "Oh Yeah, the pain can not be described with mere words, LOL"
Sue: "Oh heavenly father, please take me now dear sweet lord, LOL"
While I'm not proud about it, I loved chatting with Sue.