Which chat platform do you primarily use?

Posted 19 Jun 2013 by 

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat)
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IRC
87% (2054 votes)
Chatter
0% (0 votes)
Twitter
2% (38 votes)
Gchat
3% (75 votes)
Facebook
3% (78 votes)
Instant messenger
3% (67 votes)
Other (tell us in the comments)
2% (59 votes)
Total votes: 2371

Chat has changed a lot over the years. It plays a vital role in communicating and collaborating. I remember using ICQ—do you remember that annoying sound when someone messaged you? Uh-Oh!

While the underlying technology and protocols haven't seen much change, the tools we use have certainly come and gone. The introduction of micro-blogging has seen chat move out of the chat room to highly-visable on platforms like Gmail and Salesforce. But we're curious...

Which tool is your go-to chat preference? If you could only pick one, even though we know many of you use more than one, which would it be? Tell us what you use and why.

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robinmuilwijk
Open Sourcerer
Skype, by far my preference for chats. Been using it for almost 10 years now. It's always been easy to setup group chats, which I use(d) frequently during team meetings in open source projects. Chatting with people from all over the globe. Benefits of Skype have always been that you could switch to voice, share screens and files etc.
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Zoey76
Community Member
I agree, I've used IRC for more that I should have, I use Skype for quite some time now, not ten years yet, and is far more advanced and conformable than Twitter/Facebook, Google Hangouts are getting better, but still not good enough for daily basis use. --Edit: I recently started to use ICQ, due it's really popular in Russian and Eastern European countries, it has come a long way from what it was at the beginning.
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robinmuilwijk
Open Sourcerer
Gotta tell you though, ICQ was my first IM :) Still got the 'uh oh' sound in my brain...
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bbehrens
Open Source Sensei
And "live typing," which displayed individual characters as users were entering them! Now there's a convention that never quite caught on.
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Hils Cheyne
Exactly the same as Robin and for the same reasons! Although I do use twitter as well.
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Unidentified
Skype is by FAR the best chat option for me and my friends. How is there not a good Skype replacement yet? Jitsi is buggy in ways that my "normal" friends find unacceptable, same with its lower quality video. Where are all of the XMPP video chat clients?
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JillV
I could never get into IRC or ICQ or whatever it was called. It was almost too anonymous. I never knew how to find anyone to chat with through there. I was a number and that was annoying. I use yahoo and even less msn because it was simple and I understood it and there was a chat room so you could find people to chat up and choose who you talked to or didn't and you get to know them by how they interacted with others in the room.
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shawnhcorey
Open Minded
My preferred chat platform is the bar in the local pub. :D
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robcwilliams
Community Member
I find myself using Gmail and Facebook chat the most. Many of my connections are constantly in their email or FB (web or phone) so it's just 1 extra step.
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robinmuilwijk
Open Sourcerer
That is a big +, Gmail inline chat, no need to have any software installed. When you are in your mail, it sure is easy to jump on that. Using that myself, next to Skype.
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charlie
Open Source Evangelist
IRC is still the king. However, Twitter works well for chatting in the open. It also serves as an easy option for cultivating a personal learning network for reluctant or timid computer users.
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DannyDavinchy
Newbie
I really like Skype for its ease of use and capabilities. Chat, video, audio, all, some, 1. But isn't OpenId the future in chat? I'm tired of different chat platforms just like I am tired of different logins. Give me one customizable interface that gives me my most important tools to go with my my custom homepage interface.
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robinmuilwijk
Open Sourcerer
This is why I tried Pidgin for a while. You are able to configure different IM account with this client. But... no Skype. So stopped using that.
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anonymous
skype, for me too. i feel like this poll makes little sense as is. i never heard of chatter before, and skype should definitely be its own item (does it go under IM, or under "Other", cause it is traditionally more voice oriented then IM?). i would love to have an open alternative for skype, and i know that there were efforts, but even me as a techie never got to install and setup one of them. skype is nice, cause normal people use it. i see no way for it to be replaced by an open alternative (which i would love to see). even if it were as easy to use and stable and all as skype itsself (which nothing is, so far), why would people switch? for an open source dev though, IRC is clearly a must. it is just not good for chatting with "normal" people.
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altadel
silc, for those private chats. At work, GChat.
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closethipster
Open Minded
Skype is required at my workplace, so ... Skype. :)
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Jan
Jabber/XMPP
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B. Turner
I just don't use chat at all. The only one I've <em>ever</em> used was IRC, but I don't think I've used that in 2013.
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saif11intention
Open Enthusiast
skype and twitter(whose messaging service are now written in Scala)..:)
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Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of, The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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