Without a doubt, internet is changing the way we live- from how we shop to how we do research, and in particular how we talk. Where we talk on the internet, though, tends to depend on what programs are most popular. And so I bring you a brief list- in no particular order- of the top 5 internet chat programs of the week.
If you need to connect with your friends- and acquaintances, and family, and exes, and ironic enemies, and celebrities- there are few better places to be, especially considering that just about everybody and their dog has an account. Facebook has grown from its ‘humble roots and now includes searchable chat archives and group chat.
Facebook also has profiles and networking potential that have a habit of overshadowing its impressive chatting capabilities. Facebook is available both online and via most smartphones.
Unfortunately, semi-frequent updates to the site can cause blips in messaging.
2. Internet Relay Chat
Also known as IRC, this medium is what most people think of when they think of ‘chat rooms’. IRC can be reached a variety of different ways, but the major benefits are always the same- you can chat with a host of different people, making friends and enemies freely, even if you may not meet many of them in person.
However, this does mean that you may sometimes have to deal with people that you just plain don’t like in order to spend time with your friends- and if we wanted to do that, we’d hang out in real life.
The almost brand new, up and coming Mezee.me brings together what people love about Facebook with the basic concept of IRC- freedom of communication. While Mezee may seem like a copy of Facebook, they also include online chat rooms that allow mass instant chat between their users. One of the novelties of the site is its freshness- you can talk with your favorite people without having to deal with your less than favorite people. Because of how new it is, though, it’s difficult to say much more about this enterprising site right now.
If you’ve had a video conversation over the internet recently, chances are good that you’ve used Skype, even if you don’t know it. But don’t think this chat giant stop at videos- Skype had archives and group chat before FB knew that it was cool. Of course, their primary draw is still their webcam-to-webcam chat. For a small fee, you can also call telephone numbers from your Skype account, and going premium lets you have mass video chats.
This actually isn’t really much of a chat site on its own- which is precisely why it’s never alone. Trillian connects to your Facebook and IRC and Skype and just about every other networking and sharing source on the internet and places them all into one helpful little program. Like many other internet chat programs, Trillian can be accessed both from your computer and your phone, making staying connected easy.
Written by Julieth