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If you've looked at the Ning product roadmap recently, you've noticed that some Chat improvements are on the way. We've started to work on Chat, and wanted to share what we have in mind and get Network Creators an early chance to share their feedback.
The biggest changes we have planned are:
Here is today's Flash-based chat:
And here's what Chat might look like (click on the image to see it bigger):
There's a lot to process in looking at this new design, and there have been a ton of discussions on Creators about Chat. We want your feedback, though, about the overall design and functionality.
A few of big questions have come up that we want to pose to you:
We'd love your feedback on these issues, as we start to develop chat. Down the road, we'll get into more specific feature additions, but for now, I'd like to keep this discussion focused on the big design/behavior issues I've raised above.
It looks like they have a winner! If it works as they are aiming for.
I think every message needs a sound, yes. As long as users can turn it off.
chat module/bottom bar:
I have turned off the bottom bar cause it slowed down the site and there was nothing really useful for me there. I tried all kinds of setups but in the end I just decided my network was better if I hid it away. So if the chat only lives in the bottom bar I'm gonna have to turn it back on again. I would prefer if there were other options like perhaps a "chat" button in the right hand column that pops out the chat in a new window.
I haven't commented yet, but REALLY like what I'm seeing, Brian. Thanks for adding the discussion.
It sounds like they are only about to begin the development, and I have no idea how long time it will take them.
I was suggesting last year that Ning develop an HTML(5?) chat and one of the things I think would really make this chat a killer feature would be an RSS feed from the chat.
• HTML chat
• RSS feed
• Chat feed, forum category
(the network chat feeds itself into this forum category and creates a new thread for each day). The problem with a chat is that there is no foot print left of a conversation for google or for the other members to search in for information. Lots of hot tips are shared in a chat and lost forever on the network. With this feature we would sort of have a "live forum")