Post # 1
We’ve been surprised by how popular this chat idea has been!
How would you see it working:
- A giant chat room that you go into and hang out with fellow bees
- A gmail style chat thing that lets you chat with certain people in the corner of the page…
If it’s like gmail… how would you determine who can IM and who can’t? Would you be able to just IM anyone on the same page as you? If so – how would we prevent spammers?
Curious for your thoughts on all this!
Post # 3
I would envision more of the giant chat room thing…but then again, I’m not really a gmail chatter…
Post # 4
it could be like facebook chat– you could have friends that you allow private chats with. it seems like this could be implemented alongside a public chat area…
Post # 5
How does Facebook chat work exactly?
Post # 6
Great Q, Mr. Bee. I don’t know for sure, but I’d imagine it’s something like aim or gchat, except with web site running in the background. who you’re friends with on facebook is who you’re allowed to chat with, like a buddy list in aim or your contact list in gchat.
Are you on facebook?
Post # 7
it’s pretty much like gchat. any of your friends who choose to be available for chat show up in a little buddy list on the bottom right of the screen. the nice thing is that your friends are the only people who can chat with you, and it’s really easy to make yourself available/unavailable for chat.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery
I saw it working like a giant chat room, so you could chat w/ anyone who was in the room… kinda like when someone is on Bee TV 🙂
Post # 9
I envision a giant chat room where you click on a chatter’s name and you could private chat with them if so inclined… But let’s face it, with us, I think it will mostly be all inclusive!
Post # 10
Yah I have Facebook… I just don’t really use it.
Hmm, we don’t have friends here on Weddingbee though… so not sure how we could restrict who could chat with whom.
Post # 11
I think a giant chatroom would be the easiest and if people wanted to chat with individuals I’m sure there would be ways they could do that like gchatting or something.
Post # 12
I worry that a giant chatroom will hurt the site, by siphoning off a chunk of our community. That’s why we’ve been exploring this idea of an in-page private chat…
Post # 13
If the chat room opened in a window, still leaving the site viewable it would probably not hurt the Community. However, a gchat or facebook type thing is better, I think, but involves also building friends list functionality.
Post # 14
In other communities I’ve been in, the community chatroom actually augments the boards. I find that often people surf the boards while they are chatting and then discuss issues brought up. It’s nice to really explore in depth the ins and outs of addressing an envelope correctly with a knowledgable person or to give the play by play of what your mom said.
People spend more time on a site when there is a community chat, because you come into the chat room and tend not to leave 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)
I like the idea of chat… but it could be a little more complex than MSN, Gtalk and Facebook.I would maybe have several rooms available…
- Room 1 (name to be deteremined)
- Room 2
- Room 3
Like when I would chat with Big Brother viewers (I know Im a freak) LOL You would plug in your username, choose the room you wanted (mentions how many people are in that chat room) and chat away. If for some reason its over capacity (Max 25 users ) then you are bumped to the next room
Heres the link… so you can see how its coded and stuff
I would really love WB chat, cuz I find myself checking WB TV to see if anyone is on, so I can chat with them.
Post # 16
Hmm, you know, this actually happened on the other message board site that I frequent. A lot of members started exchanging AIM addresses privately and having chats. We actually do AIM chats just about every day now, and whomever is around just asks another known member if there’s a chat going and for an invite.
Pros: allows members to get to know each other really well and become friends more so than they would on the boards, chats may lead to better ideas for the boards (new threads and new community ideas), real time chatting is sometimes more fun, easy to meet new people (sometimes chatters will bring a friend in and introduce them), doing activities as a group is easy and fun (for example, I see with a weddingbee chat maybe setting up a time for everyone to craft pom-poms and chat about it, or everyone can watch a movie simultaneously and chat about it)
Cons: could lead to lower board usage due to members preferring RT chat, cliques are prone to forming which could create more drama around the boards, does not work well with too many people (under 20 is preferable) and gets confusing if there are too many convos at once.
I’ve actually given weddingbee chatting some thought, and my conclusion is that I really like the way BeeTV allows members to chat on the site, and encourages them to contribute to the community. I would probably prefer this to any sort of external chat. A suggestion might be to do more frequent "themed" bee chats, like have a specific crafting session where one person could demonstrate and everyone could follow along, or kill the camera and have everyone watch a wedding show or movie instead. I think that chats are fun, but lose their excitement if there is always a RT chat available. Having them occasionally gives people something to look forward to, and keeping it on the site would encourage members to contribute here more instead of creating some type of weddingbee clique that only talks in chats.