Steam’s new chat client has gone into testing this week, with major overhauls to the friends list and group chat system. I gave it a spin last night after my guildies reminded me that you have to opt in to the beta to give it a go. As rumored prior to the launch, the chat system itself looks a lot like Discord, and it has a lot of the same features too, like a rebuilt voice chat system. Notably, there’s a new invisible mode that allows you to appear offline but still see who’s on (and chat with them while otherwise hiding out). It is pretty, but if you primarily use Steam to see who’s online rather than to group chat, you may be a bit put off by the enormous display; there’s no way to condense the list to just names as in a standard messenger client right now, and the panel includes modules that you might not use but can’t hide. What do you think? My groups still use Slack chat primarily for the security, but Discord has always been pretty, so I … [Read more...] about Steam’s new chat system just hit beta – will it pull you away from Discord?
Welcome along to Guild Chat, the column through which many Massively Overpowered readers get the help they need to achieve better balance within their guilds through the help of our commenter community and my musings on their dilemmas. This time, reader Jase has a well-established, small Final Fantasy XIV guild that has suffered from cliques and division since he was forced to take time away from the game after the hurricanes tragically destroyed his home. A small band of officers got very used to doing things their own way in his absence and were neglecting the wider member base and excluding them from endgame exploits at peak gaming times, but none of Jase’s measures to fix the issue has helped and the guild recently had a mass exodus of members caused by these officers. Jase is left wondering how to rebuild at this point: Although the members have rejoined, they only did so to use the resources the group worked on together and they are trying to get him to relinquish full … [Read more...] about Guild Chat: Rebuilding a real-life home and an MMORPG guild all at once
Many of us today use Facebook’s Groups to chat, share and email our friends. Bloggers are using Facebook groups for social media link exchange, cross promotion and talking about any niche topic. For whatever reason we may be creating groups, at times we tend to forget about the privacy settings for the group resulting in everyone on our friends list and Facebook being able to access the content of the group. There might have been a situation when information you wanted to keep private was shared unintentionally on the news feed of everyone in your friends list and anyone using Facebook were able to join the group and access this information. Those who have faced this problem; there’s always been a very simple solution to this. Facebook’s bag of privacy settings has a little trick that lets you to hide not just the group’s activities but it’s very existence. To configure this setting you must be the admin for the group. By default the admin of the group is … [Read more...] about How to keep your Facebook Group Secret/Private
I love Facebook and probably it’s the best way for me to connect to my Social network. Facebook chat which also integrated video chat now, is another big advantage of Facebook for real-time communication. Though despite of being such a fantastic platform, I don’t mind saying Facebook chat sucks. It lacks many features which a good IM should have. Check out: Facebook desktop messenger Those who are using Facebook chat for Instant messaging, must be knowing that they don’t have feature to stay invisible and chat for an individual. Here I’m sharing a cool Facebook chat trick, using it you can stay invisible for a single person or group of your Facebook friends. Just follow the instructions below to be invisible for single person on Facebook: 1. Login to your Facebook account. And click on settings button on left chat box. This will bring advance chat setting box of Facebook, where you can do many things. As in, you can either enable Facebook chat … [Read more...] about How to Stay Invisible on Facebook Chat for Single Person
I have always emphasized the importance of Facebook presence for a Blog or any brand. Being one of the largest social networking community, if you use Facebook properly for your marketing effort, you might not need to be dependent on search engines for traffic and sales. Facebook offers many ways to promote your brand on FB and two most important are: Facebook Pages and Facebook groups. Both have their advantages as well as disadvantages. Here you will get to know whether you should create a ‘page’ or a ‘group’ for your blog. Now, you could be either one of those Bloggers, who follow the year age trend and just create a Page to inform your Blog readers about latest updates and use it to connect with them. Though one major issue or I would say, the problem with Facebook pages is, it’s more like one to many communication. When any of your fans need a query to be resolved, his messages never get so much impact, and you miss out the biggest opportunity of … [Read more...] about Facebook pages vs Facebook groups for Blogs