Donut Chat

Chat rooms have been around for a long time, but they’re not going away anytime soon. The practice of talking with one or more people using text in a live way is something that continues to be useful, but that basic communication isn’t all there is in chat room technology. Back when the Internet was mostly text, communication with text was more than enough, but now that there are so many images and videos that people like to share, chat rooms have to understand and facilitate this. A lot of chat sessions may mainly consist of sharing links to videos and pictures, and if you’ve ever been frustrated by having to go outside of your chat session to see what’s being linked to, then you’ll appreciate Donut Chat.

The service offers free chat rooms (paid options offer additional features), and unlike other alternatives, these are chat rooms that you’ll actually want to use. The primary thing that I like is when someone in the chat links to a picture or video on a service like Flickr or YouTube, the content appear within the chat as a part of the conversation. Additionally, with Donut Chat, chatters can transfer files, an available control panel keeps you in control, iPhone support is here, and so on. Why am I suddenly hungry?

Gixaw Chat

The ability to chat online is something that’s been around for a long time, but it’s no less important just because it’s not necessarily a new thing. A lot of us use chat services that sit on our desktops and connect us with all of our contacts. This experience is satisfactory for the majority of people, but it may not be everything that you need it to be. Depending on what you do, it may be better for you to have your own chat site that ties directly to your efforts. Gixaw Chat is a chat tool that you can make your own.

We’ve seen simple services that enable you to create quick chat rooms that can be used for a period of time, but Gixaw Chat is a personalized chat service that is always available to you, your clients, and anyone else that you’d like to communicate with. A free option exists, but you’ll have to use one of the paid plans if you want more rooms and more people. Not only are you in total control, but extras such as being able to share files, view transcripts, and embed the tool outside of the core site are available to improve the process.

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TinyChat

Do you remember when chat rooms used to be the hot thing on the Internet? They’re still in use today, but other communication tools such as instant messaging and social networks have taken over in many respects. There are so many ways that communication can happen instantly that chat rooms aren’t as important as they used to be. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they’re useless. A lot of people think of chat rooms as being scary places where complete strangers get together to talk to one another, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. A service called TinyChat will help you and your friends connect with one another.

If you want to get some people together to chat online, you just click the button on the site and a unique chat room is created for you. You’re provided with a simple URL to share with whoever you want to invite, and when you’re all present, you can enjoy chatting with one another. There aren’t a lot of frills here, but the chat interface looks and works great, and if you don’t want to use IM or can’t use it for some reason, TinyChat is a nice alternative.

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The Yahoo! Messenger Mess!

Just when you thought it was safe to chat again in the Yahoo! waters, it seems that there is yet another exploit with Yahoo! Messenger to concern yourselves with. Speaking for myself, I cannot help but wonder if this might not be a good reason to start considering Miranda on the Windows desktop. If the user needed both voice and webcam support, it seems that Miranda can provide for this, while the voice support has been reported buggy.

So I ask again. Unless the user is some fourteen-year-old chatting it up with their friends, why in the world would anyone use that bloated messaging application anyway? Hit the comments area; let’s talk about it. Because to be honest, I am having a really difficult time feeling sorry for anyone that understands the risks of using such an app, only to be bitten again and again.

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Campfire

Due to the type of work that I’m involved with, I’m required to stay in contact with a number of different companies at the same time, and it can be hard to coordinate all of the communication that needs to happen. Phone calls and e-mail can work well, but many times you end up facing unreturned voicemails and delayed e-mail responses. I’ve been there before, and as you know, these delays can really interfere with your schedule. It’s very important to make sure that everyone is on the same page since one of the biggest dangers to a team is miscommunication. 37signals has offered another solution called Campfire that will help you setup Web-based chat rooms in a matter of seconds.
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Virtual Worlds

Well I knew this was bound to happen eventually. Yup, someone I know asked me for some thoughts regarding services like There and Second Life. To be brutally honest, I have not had the opportunity to try either of these services. I suppose the need to take the big virtual step has simply yet to come up.

But the question remains: What is my official opinion of these virtual services? Are they safe for kids? Do they look like much fun and is it true that they can be a little too addictive?
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