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Seth Williams
Seth WilliamsDesigner, Product Hunt

What's the best community chat app?

I love Slack, but am wondering if there is a better app for creating a community around a particular topic. Something that is beautiful, easy, reliable, and allows anyone to join the conversation. Also, an app that allows people to search for communities and join them publicly.
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    Spectrum

    Build better communities

    Chakib Tsouli
    Chakib TsouliProduct Designer Β· Written
    I used this quite a few times, and I think it ticks all the boxes.
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    Grasshopper

    The coding app for beginners by Google

    I love that for personal needs, But I know that some use that for working goals :)
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    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook's standalone Messenger for the web

    Alec Jones
    Alec Jonesdeveloping & high schooling Β· Written
    Hey, they don't seem to have Facebook Groups on PH - but that is what I would recommend. It isn't the prettiest, but it is definitely reliable, easy, and allows anyone to join.
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    Discord Stages

    Engage and grow your community with easy to run audio events

    Arun Augustine
    Arun AugustineCo-founder at Corner Β· Written
    Discord IMO is slicker for community/topic based conversations
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    Farooq A Rahim
    Farooq A RahimFounder at HeapX Β· Written
    Discord is too good..!
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    Dailen
    DailenIT Pros of GA Β· Written
    This really feels like it returns to the roots of what a "real time" community can be. Bulletin boards are more like knowledge base repositories and less like communities to me. Discord fits the bill here if you ask me.
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    Ride

    Hassle-free ridesharing app with your coworkers

    You can try 'Stride by Atlassian' or Flock.com, they are almost Slack with more freebies.
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    Zulip
    Cedric Amaya
    Cedric Amayaindie maker Β· coffee & code connoisseur Β· Written
    Open source, similar to Slack so low learning curve, multiple clients (desktop, mobile, and web). Try it out!
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    Slack App Directory

    Your go-to for finding apps that work with Slack

    Sarah Miller
    Sarah MillerSurvey Specialist, SoGoSurvey Β· Written
    I like it.
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    Aswin Bakshi
    Aswin BakshiFounder, Bordo Β· Written
    It's easy and straightforward to use and it has multiple third-party plugins.
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    Mighty Networks

    The fastest way to create a community-powered brand

    Mohammed Rafy
    Mohammed RafyAll things Community Β· Written
    It's a new platform and it's impressive. You can create your own community like a social network.
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    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen Β· Written
    Mighty have been building a really impressive mobile-first product which covers social networking, publishing, courses and more. They've even made it easy to monetize
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    Flock

    Real-time team messenger tool

    Tweegenic1
    Tweegenic1Noble Investor Β· Written
    Flock is best free chat app. All-in-all it fits perfectly in your requirements! There are a lot of reasons that Flock is the best! One being that it greatly reduces your dependency on apps for task tracking and setting up reminders due to its inbuilt PM tools.
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    Ace Queen
    Ace QueenRetail Tech Enthusiast Β· Written
    Lower-cost version of Slack with more functionality. It can have the occasional bug but the support team is quick to address them. Also handles files, code and images better.
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    Troop Messenger
    sravya m
    sravya mDigital marketing analyst Β· Written
    My suggestion is Troop Messenger is an amazing app for team communication. It allows intra-office communication and collaboration for teams with one-on-one messaging and unlimited groups. a secured self-hosted team collaboration application has been specially designed to address the diverse communication needs of data privacy-conscious industries with the delivery of seamless and simple on-premises deployment process. You can share documents, images, Video calls, Audio calls, etc..
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    Discourse

    A platform for community discussion. Free, open and simple.

    Srinivas Vedantam
    Srinivas VedantamFounder - Narrate Β· Written
    Been around for a while and works like a charm.
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    Daria ZabΓ³j
    Daria ZabΓ³jContent designer Β· Written
    I like its design and the system of badges.
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    CONTUS MirrorFly 2.0

    Building in-app communication made easy

    Hey SethWillaims MirrorFly is a customizable messaging SDK and chat API that enables businesses to offer in-app messaging for their mobile, web, and consumer applications. The platform provides the client SDK, the necessary front-end UI, and backend system for seamless communication among users, from one-on-one messaging and group chat, to massive-scale channels. Our chat solution serves a diverse number of industries and use-cases from eCommerce, on-demand, banking, OTA, and enterprise messaging to online communities, live video streaming, gaming, and dating.
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    Sienna Amelia
    Sienna AmeliaTechnical Analyst Β· Written
    I would like to suggest CONTUS MirrorFly, Its one the highly Scalable chat solution with 100% customizable options.
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    Community Academy

    Content templates for community leaders

    Sam Rye
    Sam RyePractitioner of Social & Enviro Regen Β· Written
    I didn't realise that I hadn't already added Mobilize, and they just released their 2.0 I like their ability to include people in discussions without requiring them to sign up for an account.
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    Rocket.Chat

    Your own open source Slack-like chat

    Tim Kinnane
    Tim KinnaneChatbot broodfather, Amazebot Β· Written
    Rocket.Chat started as an open source Slack clone, but is now used and extended by a diverse range of communities with specific needs. Because its open and self hosted, there's a freedom of customisation, but also the privacy and security benefits of not relying on a platform ecosystem that might have adverse changes or go away.
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    Hittly

    Start your own online membership community

    npac made this product
    Community software which lets users to write longform content and not just chat messages. Lets you embed course videos and sell site memberships too!
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    npac made this product
    Community software which lets users to write longform content and not just chat messages. Lets you embed course videos and sell site memberships too!
    CommentsShare
    npac made this product
    Community software which lets users to write longform content and not just chat messages. Lets you embed course videos and sell site memberships too!
    CommentsShare
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    Bump It! - Live Commmunity iOS App
    Jose Gonzalez made this product
    Check out Bump It!. You can make a community very easily and colorful. Anyone is allowed to join the community and is able to search for the community. You can even use Bump It! codes and share it with anyone so they can join easily.
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    Amino

    Mobile communities for niche interests

    Miana Kitty MV
    Miana Kitty MVYouTube, IG & FB: Benteng Entertainment. Β· Written
    https://aminoapps.com/ Amino apps on android, ios, and website. I make friends based on the same interest. There are communities with millions of members such as Anime, Army's (BTS fan club), pokemon, lgbt+, and many other communities for gamers, pet owners, dancers, arts, drags, movie enthusiasts, etc. See this link to see top 20 biggest amino communities: https://bentengentertainment.blo...
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