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Toons using Secret Friend chat in 2005. Since the toon who took the screenshot was not Secret Friends with the chatting toons, he could only see animal noises.

Secret Friends were the precursor to True Friends and SpeedChat Plus. Toons became Secret Friends by exchanging a code (called a "secret"). Once they were Secret Friends, toons could chat with each other by typing instead of using the SpeedChat.[1] Toons who were not secret friends would only see animal noises (like "meow mew mew meow" for cats) when non-Secret Friends were using chat.[2] There was no open chat until SpeedChat Plus was introduced.

Like True Friends, a toon could generate Secret Friend codes by clicking on the blue circle in the upper right corner of the Friend list. If another toon typed in the code within 48 hours, the two would become Secret Friends. Secret Friends' names showed up in blue on a player's Friend List and on their Secret Friends' nametags.[1]

Exchanging Codes

The Secret Friend system was designed for people to exchange codes in real life.[1] However, many players found ways to exchange codes with people they did not know.

Online Forums

Some fan sites had forums where posters could exchange Secret Friend codes.

In-Game

To communicate to non-Secret Friends that they wanted to become Secret Friends, players would use the SpeedChat phrase "Please be my friend!" and then type into the chat, which would show up as animal noises to the non-Secret Friend. If the other player understood that the animal noises represented chatting, he or she would say, "OK." As of 2007, it was against the Toontown Online rules to exchange codes in-game.

There were two methods of telling other toons codes in the game: SpeedChat and Estate.

Using SpeedChat

To communicate a code using SpeedChat, toons would say SpeedChat phrases that began with the same letter as the letters in the code. They would communicate numbers by jumping a certain number of times. For example:

"You are awesome!" [Y]

"Rats!" [R]

Jump twice [2]

"Great!" [G]

Jump seven times [7]

Jump five times [5]

The other toon would then understand the code was yr2 g75, input the code, and both toons would become Secret Friends with one another.

Using Your Estate

Another way to communicate codes was to buy many paintings (or other furniture) and use them to spell out letters and numbers on a wall in your house.[3]

Toontown - Making True Friends With Pictures

Toontown - Making True Friends With Pictures

Super Dog shows how to spell out codes using pictures.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.freewebs.com/abouttoontown/friends.htm
  2. http://toontown.wikia.com/wiki/File:Sf_chat_cropped.jpg
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX7Cnhm2dX0
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