Product Hunt Chat

Talk with your fellow makers directly inside Product Hunt ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ’ฌ

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#2 Product of the WeekJuly 10, 2018

Product Hunt's in-site messenger lets you chat with your fellow makers and friends across the community. While simple, Chat is quite robust. You can start a:

- Private 1-on-1 chat

- Private group chat

- Public group chat

Give it a shot and let us know what you think. ๐Ÿค—

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  • orliesaurus
    orliesaurusLasers handler

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    Replying to a user who replied to a user is counter-intuitive, public chatrooms require paid account

    Been lucky to have tested this before it was launched. I feel it's going to be a great place to allow people to get more consistent feedback and to socialize further than just a few snarky comments here and there. Especially now that the PH's index page is super crowded. We'll finally see who are the super-community users!

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  • dmitrizzle
    dmitrizzleTravel, startups & film photography.

    Obviously useful to PH users, a great way to get better-involved within the community.


    Technically seems to work great but needs some more testing with diverse users/cases. Few UI quirks like disappearing chat window.

    This is a very basic tool, though I am happy it wasn't forced or rushed. I feel there are still some issues which, once sorted out, cold improve usability and adoption from the users. Perhaps the most pressing problem to tackle next would be spam and abuse elimination, which is already creeping in to /ask/.

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Ryan HooverMakerPro@rrhoover ยท Founder, Product Hunt
It's often said that every social network eventually adds messaging... ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is one of the most commonly requested features over the years, as we've seen people in the Product Hunt community often sharing emails in the comments to move a conversation to someplace private. We've been beta testing this for about a month while @vesln has been adding features and improvements based on everyone's feedback (thanks!). You can chat with people private 1-on-1 or in a group. You can also start a public group chat, which we hope will be particularly useful for makers to create a super lightweight chat room to gather feedback and build community with their audience. Please share your feedback here or hit the "Message" link below this comment to start chatting with me privately. ๐Ÿ˜Š P.S. Chat isn't available in the mobile app just yet!
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Raman Shalupau
Raman Shalupau@ksaitor ยท Maker @
@vesln @rrhoover woot woot! ๐Ÿ™Œ Congrats on the launch Ryan and PH team! - What where the main reasons / triggers that made want to build a chat? - Does it have any unique features that other chats don't have? - What's your chat stack? I see GraphQL queriesโ€ฆ any off the shelf 3rd party solutions running behind the scenes? Or did you guys develop everything from scratch?
Ryan HooverMakerPro@rrhoover ยท Founder, Product Hunt
@ksaitor good Q's! There are a couple reasons why we built this now: 1. Product Hunt has matured as a community and "social network" of sorts. We want to double down on this and give people more opportunities to connect and collaborate. Chat is key for this. 2. We're working on some other big projects that will benefit from Chat. Here's one of them, currently in private beta. ๐Ÿ˜‰ As for the technical implementation, I'll let @vesln chime in.
Steven Rueter
Steven Rueter@rueter ยท Developer
@vesln @rrhoover if I could upvote this hunt twice, I would. I've already connected with a fellow dev to work on combining forces on similarly inspired products we've built. Product Hunt has officially become a collaboration platform.
Ryan HooverMakerPro@rrhoover ยท Founder, Product Hunt
@rueter LOVE hearing that!
Ross Rojek
Ross Rojek@sacbookreviewer ยท CTO,,
@vesln @rrhoover I'm so glad to finally see this implemented. Probably the one PH feature I've wanted since I first got into a conversation with someone else here on a product page.
Alexandre Mouriec
Alexandre Mouriec@mrcalexandre ยท CS @ IUT Lannion | Side-projects Lover
So happy to see Product Hunt Chat live today, congrats on launching Product Hunt team ๐Ÿ‘ With private convs, private and public groups, everyone can find his use of Chat ๐Ÿ‘ What I appreciate is the fact that you took the time to implement anti-harassment and reporting tools even if it means to delay the launch ๐Ÿ™ I am old enough on PH to remember the Direct Messaging feature from back in 2015 :D I have one question, Is the cat lovers a public group? ๐Ÿ˜ธ
Ryan HooverMakerPro@rrhoover ยท Founder, Product Hunt
@mrcalexandre Haha, thanks, Alexandre. I think the Cat Lovers chat is private. Sshhhhhh. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Aleksandra@aleks_muse ยท Maker @ Planet:tech, Supergirls
I love to see how the Makers space is evolving ๐Ÿ˜ป Sharing Goals in the community has been extremely helpful for me during the last months. I got a lot of feedback, new ideas and recommendations, as well as found people sharing similar interests or working on the same challenges as I do, so chat feels like a very necessary next step to facilitate more collaboration. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป I feel like we would see more and more stories like 'I've met my co-founder on Product Hunt' very soon. ๐Ÿ˜ธ And yes, can't wait for mobile version!
Justin Mitchell
Justin MitchellPro@itsthisjustin ยท I help startups at
Finally! Feel a BIT sorry for all the important folks on the platform though. Get ready to get spammed!
Raman Shalupau
Raman Shalupau@ksaitor ยท Maker @
@itsthisjustin looks like you can control who messages you in settings ๐Ÿ‘‡
Ryan HooverMakerPro@rrhoover ยท Founder, Product Hunt
@itsthisjustin much-needed feature for sure. Re: your concern around spam, about half of the development work went into anti-harassment/spam and user privacy controls. As I shared in the blog post announcement, we invested in tooling to give users the ability to: 1. Report chats. If someone is sending unwanted messages, reporting will notify our team and close the chat. 2. Adjust Chat settings. In your settings, choose whether youโ€™re open to messages from everyone, only people your follow, or nobody. 3. Manage inboxes. Youโ€™ll find an โ€œotherโ€ inbox, similar to what Facebook Messenger and other communication apps provide, to filter potentially unwanted chats. We also have many throttles and checks behind-the-scenes to automatically detect and prevent potential abuse. Would love feedback/ideas on this topic, especially once you have more time to play around with it. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Justin Mitchell
Justin MitchellPro@itsthisjustin ยท I help startups at
@rrhoover You rock. Always awesome to see a team building user first features and thinking about the long term with a major release like this. You're killing it. Can't wait to see how this shifts PH into a more central hub of conversation.
Dima Blover๐Ÿ’Ž@dimablover ยท Founder & Designer at
Fantastic update! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ