Talking Tech Friday – Chatmaker

I don’t remember where I picked this one up, but today I thought I’d review Chatmaker.

What is it?

Chatmaker is an application that allows you to make your own chat rooms and easily share them with others.

How does it work?

Just type the name of your room in the box, and then send the link that is provided in the lower box to the people you’d like to join.

I typed in “MCLC’, and got the link for the room http://www.chatmaker.net/chatap/rooms/MCLC/.  Once you click “Go”, you are sent to the chat room.

The interface is bare-bones and simple.  There’s a chat window and a sidebar that lists the attendants.  You start out with a generic “Guest” number, but you can change it to your own name just by replacing the Guest text.

There aren’t many options – you can make a few basic changes to the appearance of text (such as italics, bold, and embedding links).  Chatmaker will also automatically hyperlink URLs when followed by descriptive text,

“For example, entering “http://google.com Google is a great search engine." will automatically create a link like so: Google is a great search engine.” (from the Help page)

Another useful feature is the ability to pop the chat window out of your browser into a separate window, freeing your browser up for other activities.

Basically, that’s all there is to it!

Possible Library Uses

I have to say, one of the things I like about Chatmaker is that it IS so simple.  It’s practically fool-proof.  It does what you need it to do – create a chat room- without adding all sorts of registration or bells and whistles.  Even the least tech-savvy of library staff could figure this one out.  🙂

I can really see this as a very simple way for working with remote groups, or even setting up a chat room for programs.  It doesn’t need a lot of planning, since it’s so simple – you could even set up a room on a whim and it would be easy for people to join you. Nothing to download, and once again, no registration – my new favorite feature!

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~ by Anali on May 9, 2008.

One Response to “Talking Tech Friday – Chatmaker”

  1. This is great. Our library doesn’t allow installs of any kind on the computers, therefore chatting isn’t really availabel to our patrons unless they’re on MySpace or similar. This will give them another option, especially our adult patrons who aren’t interested in MySpace accounts. I also like how easy it is to use, less instruction time on my part. Thanks for the review!

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