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 TsouliProduct Designer · Written
    I used this quite a few times, and I think it ticks all the boxes.
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    Telegram 4.0

    The best messenger for every platform

    Ilya Azovtsev4Help sales team close more in less time · Written
    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

    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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  4. Arun AugustineI love mindfully designed products. · Written
    Discord IMO is slicker for community/topic based conversations
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    Farooq A RahimFounder at HeapX · Written
    Discord is too good..!
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    DailenIT Pros of GA · 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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    Stride

    Atlassian's new group messaging and video meeting platform

    You can try 'Stride by Atlassian' or Flock.com, they are almost Slack with more freebies.
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    Slack

    Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search.

    Sarah MillerSurvey Specialist, SoGoSurvey · Written
    I like it.
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    Aswin BakshiFounder, Bordo · 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 Rafy4All things Community @DoSelectHQ · Written
    It's a new platform and it's impressive. You can create your own community like a social network.
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    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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  8. Cedric AmayaSelf-taught Web Developer · Written
    Open source, similar to Slack so low learning curve, multiple clients (desktop, mobile, and web). Try it out!
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    Flock

    Real-time team messenger tool

    Tweegenic1Noble Investor · 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 QueenRetail Tech Enthusiast · 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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    Discourse

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

    Been around for a while and works like a charm.
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    Mobilize 2.0

    Everything you need to build & manage a thriving community

    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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  12. Karthik ManjunathProduct Enthusiast and Founder @ Tminus · Written
    TMinus is a community based countdown app. A countdown is usually based on a topic or an event you're looking forward to. Beautiful & easy - Subjective . But I would say it's easy to use. Reliable - The App is in Beta. Allows anyone to join the conversation - Yes. Search for communities and join them publicly - You could search for countdowns that would interest you and join them publicly.
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    Rocket.Chat

    Your own open source Slack-like chat

    Tim KinnaneChatbot broodfather, Amazebot · 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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