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    Chatroom for your podcast

    I am looking to incorporate a chatroom with my podcast (when I am recording live). I see that many people use IRC but is that the best solution?

    What other services are there that I could use?

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    Why not use something like Facebook or twitter? Is there a way to do a live twitter chat?

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    There is no live twitter chat but there are chat rooms in facebook but I am not sure if you can just set one up for something like this.

    There are other chat systems out there, the reason so many people use IRC is because there is a large number of web and fat clients available for it. It is also realtime. Many of the web based chat systems have to do a refresh to get the page updated.

    The other advantage to IRC is there are a number of places to host your chat room where you do not have to worry about the servers, just put a java client on your website pointing to the server and your room and you are good to go.

    I have experimented with some of the web based chat and I doubt they could handle the volume of chat that goes on at networks like GFQ or Twit.

    If you are not familiar with IRC, the maintenance of the chat room with Ops, Kicking, Banning, etc. is a little overwhelming at first. There are some great tutorials out there though.

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    I have recently tried Chatwing (.com). I'm still learning it, but happy with what I've seen so far.

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    Tom does Chatwing work with Facebook?

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    You can certainly log in to Chatwing using your facebook ID. I don't know if there is any other integration.

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    Sorry it took so long to get back on here. Got caught up with work. Why isnt there an IRC embed chat that looks nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomSinclair View Post
    I have recently tried Chatwing (.com). I'm still learning it, but happy with what I've seen so far.
    Chatwing works great!
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    thanks for all the great advice. Might be a dumb question but why is IRC the popular platform?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Podnutter View Post
    thanks for all the great advice. Might be a dumb question but why is IRC the popular platform?
    I personally think it's because IRC has been around since its creation in 1988. It has a proven track record. It's simple (in relative terms). All of the various new chat systems that have been developed over the last few years seem to just add more bells and whistles - something that, in my opinion, isn't needed. Also, I initially thought allowing someone to use their FB or Twitter credentials to log into a chatroom would be enticing, but I no longer think that is the case.

    I've switched to several of the web based chats and I always wind up coming back to good 'ol IRC.
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