A Growing Frontier for Terrorist Groups: Unsuspecting Chat Apps (Wired)

Wired: A Growing Frontier for Terrorist Groups: Unsuspecting Chat Apps. “ISIS has effectively exploited the power of technology to fuel its rise around the globe, from streaming and file-sharing platforms to messenger applications and social media services. Many tech companies have responded in turn, strengthening their oversight and security measures. But while major platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Telegram are becoming increasingly inhospitable to ISIS, the group’s reach is growing on lesser-known messenger apps designed for businesses and gamers.”

Phys .org: How rants on social media can come back to haunt you

Phys .org: How rants on social media can come back to haunt you. “We all know that those angry rants on social media can come back to hurt you—and sooner than you think. ‘Good,’ positive chat resonates for a few seconds, generally, but negative chat, even in a chat room where exchanges happen more immediately than on Facebook or Twitter, persists for many minutes, new UC Davis research suggests.”

TechCrunch: Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person chat rooms

TechCrunch: Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person chat rooms. “If you miss the old AOL chat rooms, you’ll love Facebook’s plan to combine Groups and Messenger without spamming you to death. Starting today, Facebook will gradually roll out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats about specific sub-topics that up to 250 members can join.”

Engadget: Yahoo Together group chat app organizes conversations by topic

Engadget: Yahoo Together group chat app organizes conversations by topic . “You have loads of group chat apps to choose from if you want to keep in touch with friends and family, but Yahoo’s new entry promises a more organized experience than most. The company has launched a new app for Android and iOS called Yahoo Together, which can split up conversations into topics.”

How-To Geek: How to Create, Set Up, and Manage Your Discord Server

How-To Geek: How to Create, Set Up, and Manage Your Discord Server. “Discord is a quickly growing text and voice chat application, aimed at gamers in particular. Its sleek and simple design makes it an excellent alternative to older apps like Teamspeak and Skype. Discord has taken a lot of inspiration from Teamspeak’s extensive customization and management options but has buried some of those options within the interface. Luckily, it’s pretty simple to get started.”

Lifehacker: Where to Find the Best Reddit Chat Rooms

Lifehacker: Where to Find the Best Reddit Chat Rooms. “Reddit chat rooms are here. As if you didn’t spend enough of your 9-to-5 workday browsing /r/aww, /r/explainlikeimfive, /r/bestof, or /r/SubredditDrama, you can now share your thoughts about posts (and life) with real Redditors in real time! Mashing the F5 key to refresh a static comments page is so last year.”

Digital Trends: Relive 1998 as live chat rooms roll out across Reddit in a limited beta

Digital Trends: Relive 1998 as live chat rooms roll out across Reddit in a limited beta. “Reddit is slowly rolling out real-time chat rooms across a limited number of subreddits. Currently in beta, Reddit Chat went live in the summer of 2017 for about 7,000 Reddit users. Now, Reddit is expanding this service, keeping users locked to the website instead of conducting real-time chats on external clients like Slack, Discord, and even IRC.”