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 · Written
    I used this quite a few times, and I think it ticks all the boxes.
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    • Mo Rajabifard
      Mo RajabifardCo-founder & CEO @ There.PM

      I've used this to join styled components and Figma communities and It's been much better than alternatives. Only it needs to polish the product a bit more.

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    • Mason Wear
      Mason WearCo-Founder // Primer Co

      I've been using Spectrum for several months now, since Alpha. The team has really taken the time to listen to what these early users have had to say and improve the platform as a whole.

      I think this truly solves a big issue for those people trying to manage a community. It also makes participating in community discussions a way more intuitive and user-friendly process. One account, one inbox.

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    Telegram 4.0

    The best messenger for every platform

    Ilya Azovtsev 💌+🤖=🚀
    Ilya Azovtsev 💌+🤖=🚀5Help 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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    • Fedotov Maxim
      Fedotov MaximVR Anime Society Founder

      Telegram keeps on releasing amazing updates. Secure, easy to use messenger with great UX is all you'll ever need. I wish more people used it rather than Whatsapp or Messanger subpar experience.

    • Nikita Martynov
      Nikita MartynovProduct Manager @PandaDoc

      Favorite messenger, has its all: super fast, great UI and UX, chats foe different communities with quality content, bot platform that is growing rapidly. New releases coming frequently.

      The biggest wish is to get rid of notifications that your contacts are on the platform (IOS)

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    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook's standalone Messenger for the web

    Alec Jones
    Alec Jonesdeveloping & high schooling · 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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    • Arun Sathiya
      Arun SathiyaHappiness Engineer, Automattic

      I love Facebook Messenger and I love how it is doing everything to take on all other chat apps + is feature-packed like Telegram. Native apps for Facebook Messenger on computers is something that I wish to see soon.

    • Companies use this more and more to invade

  4. Arun Augustine
    Arun AugustineI love mindfully designed products. · Written
    Discord IMO is slicker for community/topic based conversations
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    Farooq A Rahim
    Farooq A RahimFounder at HeapX · Written
    Discord is too good..!
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    Dailen
    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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    • Luiser Ortiz
      Luiser OrtizNearsoft

      My team had access to the platform before launch and I have to say communication has very much improved. Using Stand.Bot (an integration) allows us to never forget process and automatically asks for updates.

      Great use of the available space.

    • Slack apps suck performance wise. expecting Atlassian to do a better job there.

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  6. Cedric Amaya
    Cedric Amayamaker · open sourcerer · coffee lover · Written
    Open source, similar to Slack so low learning curve, multiple clients (desktop, mobile, and web). Try it out!
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    Slack

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

    Sarah Miller
    Sarah MillerSurvey Specialist, SoGoSurvey · Written
    I like it.
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    Aswin Bakshi
    Aswin BakshiFounder, Bordo · Written
    It's easy and straightforward to use and it has multiple third-party plugins.
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    • João Oliveira Simões
      João Oliveira SimõesDesign Lead, 44 Studio

      As a remote designer, this is a must have. I'm always contactable and available. Super easy way to also have quick calls and communicate with other team members on different teams.

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    • Amrith Shanbhag
      Amrith ShanbhagCommunity at Product Hunt & Feathrd

      I'm a part of a ton of Slack communities but I'm active in only a handful.

      Slack works to its fullest only when it is implemented in a team and everyone's supposed to use it for communication. Slack could/should improve on making the communities on it better by adding relevant features.

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    Mighty Networks

    The fastest way to create a community-powered brand

    Mohammed Rafy
    Mohammed Rafy5All things Community · 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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    • Vishnu Narang
      Vishnu NarangFull Stack developer

      The platform is technically complex to build but for the end users, it's so simple with every feature that's most wanted to build a community. It's better than facebook, linked-in or any other platform that tries their hand at being a community driven platform. And it's far from perfect and yet it's better than all others. Imagine how awesome it will be once the team develops all the features they've been working on.

  9. 4
    Flock

    Real-time team messenger tool

    Tweegenic1
    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 Queen
    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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    • RJ Lewis Digital
      RJ Lewis DigitalRJ Lewis, Digital Consultant

      I love that flock is stable, easy to use and has a good base of application integrations. I typically miss flowdock, but the overall collaborative experience is better than slack. Been using a little over 6 mos.- couldn't pick that though

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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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    Daria Zwierz
    Daria ZwierzOnline Community Enthusiast · Written
    I like its design and the system of badges.
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    • Vinish Garg
      Vinish GargCo-founder @mystippi @ContentHug

      I have used it extensively in Andrew Chen's talk platform: http://talk.andrewchen.co/ and also for Write The Docs forum at http://forum.writethedocs.org/. I think it meets most of the goals of a well structured, well monitored, and custom discussion forum. I like it.

    • Daler Karimov
      Daler KarimovQuestion. Learn. Make. http://www.Eve.QA

      Happy using it for my projects:

      Eve.QA - easy and expressive Q&As for events.

      Oprium.com - a place to share and discover exciting opportunities.

      Apteka.TJ - forum on health, beauty and family well-being.

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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 Manjunath
    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 Kinnane
    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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    • brad johnson
      brad johnsonVolume Integration

      I got it to run on an Raspberry Pi https://volumeintegration.com/installing-rocket-chat-on-raspberry-pi-2/

  14. Dev
    DevTech Consultant · Written
    Great for polls, discussions, debates and analytics
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