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Newer teams of designers and developers might be surprised at the wide array of chat applications. Some are more public than others, and you’ll find plenty of free alternatives mixed into paid services. But chatrooms or instant message chatting can be extremely beneficial to any company or team project.

Take a look over this collection of 15 brilliant IM tools and web applications. I’d encourage everyone to skim this collection and see if anything catches your eye. Managing a team is difficult – but having the proper channels for communication make any task a whole lot easier.

Firechat

online chat tools website firechat

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When working as a distributed team or meeting remotely with clients, video chat is used frequently.

Appear.in is a free and web-based app that provides group video chat for up to 8 people.

The application doesn’t require sign-up, a room with a unique link can be created instantly and shared with others.

Appear.in

It is built with native web technologies, no download is needed and works on all browsers except IE.

There is also an API which may simplify integrating it to the project management cycle with ease.

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  • You’ll probably remember CometChat, a solid and self-hosted chat application that is similar to Facebook-chat and was featured few times at WRD.

    The application has been improved so much lately and now consists of more features that will probably attract users.

    To remember; CometChat is built with PHP and, with a simple setup, it instantly creates an in-site chat system that enables users/visitors to chat with each other.

    CometChat Splash

    It has support for text or video, screen sharing, file sharing, auto-translating conversations and even games to make sure the visitors spend lots of time on the site.

    Also, it integrates into most of the popular CMS + forum apps so easily and works with GTalk + Facebook chat too.

    With the newest one, ComeChat v5, it now has native apps for iOS + Android (there was also mobile-friendly web interface and a desktop messenger), Skype-like HD video, broadcasting videos and more.

    The Black Friday Sale

    CometChat Black Friday

    The sale is for the package of “Platinum Edition + Desktop Messenger + iOS & Android apps” for $747 (original price is $1097) and it can be reached from here.

    So, that’s $350 off and an opportunity for anyone willing to get the full package.

    The giveaway

    CometChat is giving away  “3 * CometChat Basic Edition” licenses.

    In order to join, a tweet with the hashtag “#blackfriday” and @cometchat is required. Click to tweet easily.

    Winners will be selected randomly and announced on Monday (2 Dec 2013). Good luck to all.

    The winners

    • @BryGom
    • @StylifyYourBlog
    • @eric_maechler

    Congratulations.

    Scrollback is an open source web application for adding a modern chat for websites.

    It is built with Nodejs and can be either used with the free hosted version or by downloading and self-hosting it.

    The app creates a single room chat interface where the community can communicate with each other.

    Nodejs Chat - Scrollback

    An “infinite scroll” eases following the previous messages, all messages are presented with a timeline and it is possible to view user details.

    Scrollback is compatible with IRC and it can match the style of any website with little work.

    Firechat is an open source chat application that doesn’t use any server-side code as it is built on Firebase (premium service with a satisfactory free account).

    The application has support for multiple rooms (users can create rooms), multiple users and private messages.

    Users can be authenticated via social accounts or other types of authentication can be implemented with less effort.

    Firechat

    There are other features like moderation, chat invitations and much more.

    Firechat is almost a plug ‘n’n play app and can be customized (design and function) with ease.