What The Heck Is Chime.in?

I have just joined the brand new social networking site Chime.in that combines the functionality of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. On the outside, the site looks like a Facebook-clone, however there is more to it than just being another social networking platform. The idea is that while Facebook keeps all the money it makes from ads on your profile, Chime.in will give you 50% of it; and if you start a community you can place your own ads on its page and pocket 100% of the revenue! In other words, you get paid to post.

Chime.in allows you to post text, links, photos, polls and videos in 2,000-character-long "chimes" on your profile. Founder Bill Gross expects the site to grow quickly due to the fact that people can finally earn revenue from their posts on a social networking site. He also expects the posted content to be of high quality, due to the earning potential the site brings to its members whose best interest lies in contributing useful content.

Who is Chime.in for?

Brands, celebrities, movie studios, publishing companies, etc. are expected to flock to the site, because Chime.in offers an interest network where users can monetize their content without having to encourage their followers to click on links as in the case of Facebook and Twitter.

However, Chime.in is for everyone! It is an interest-based social network, where users can tag their posts with up to seven different keywords called interests such as "Google" or "woodworking," which will get them listed in those interests' feeds. Members can then subscribe to these interest feed to get to see their updates.

Apart from interest feeds, you can subscribe to other member's feeds causing their chimes show up in your "Chimeline," which is similar what you get on your Twitter homepage. However, Chime.in takes it further by allowing you to fine-tune these individual subscriptions by filtering the posts according to interest tags. So when you decide to follow Johnny Rash, you can opt to see his take only on a specific subject (interest) as opposed to everything he spams his profile with.

What you can do on Chime.in (an overview)

  1. Post content (called chimes) including text, pictures, videos, polls and links, and tag them with interests.
  2. Join or create communities to engage in discussions with like-minded people interested in the same thing.
  3. Follow members to see a feed of their chimes filtered by interests
  4. Subscribe to interests to see a feed of chimes about the topic.

How to use Chime.in (to access different areas)

Click:

  • the Chime.in logo to reach your homepage or dashboard.
  • the arrow next to the logo to get a quick drop-down menu through which you can reach your homepage, profile, interests, and communities.
  • inside the long search bar in the middle to search for interests, communities, and members.
  • the big dot icon to see your recent notifications.
  • the pen and paper icon to write a new chime.
  • the icon with your avatar picture to update your settings.
  • the little chime.in logo to reach pages like the FAQs, the about us page, the terms of use or the privacy policy page.

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Your Chime.in Dashboard

Numbers refer to the ones in the picture to the right.

  1. Write and post a chime
  2. Feed of chimes from the people you follow
  3. Chimes about the interest groups you subscribe to.
  4. Editor's picks and popular chimes
  5. Your communities
  6. Your chimeline
  7. Recommended content
  8. Sort chimeline by time, likes, comments, shares

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About Chimes

  1. The user's Chime.in name. Click on it to visit her profile page.
  2. Number of Likes
  3. Share the chime on Chime.in, Facebook, or Twitter, or email it to a friend.
  4. Bookmark the chime. Bookmarks are found on your dashboard.
  5. Facebook-like options to hide or report the chime
  6. Interest group tags. Click on them to reach that interest's page.

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How to Post a Chime

  1. You can send a chime to every follower or to a specific email
  2. Headline goes here
  3. Message goes here
  4. Share your chime on Facebook and Twitter too
  5. Type up to 7 interest tags
  6. Post the chime
  7. Include link, poll, picture, or video

How to Follow a User and Filter Their Chimes

  1. If you just click on the follow button you will get all of that person's chimes in your chimeline.
  2. If you click on the interest icon, you can select which interest groups you want to follow from that person.

In the second picture, you can see that you can follow someone without visiting their profile. All you need to do is hovering the mouse over that persons profile picture and select which interests to follow from them.

There is also an option to browse users by popularity, date of joining the site, whether they follow you, and whether you follow them.

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How to Subscribe to Interests on Chime.in

You can go to an interest's by clicking the interest tag on a chime or by searching for the interest in the search bar. Subscribe to the interest by clicking on the green subscribe button. This makes chimes about that interest appear in your timeline for that interest.

When you have subscribed to one or more interests, you can go to the drop-down menu next to the Chime.in logo on your dashboard and select which interest's timeline you want to view.

What's on Your Chime.in Profile?

If you click on your username or profile picture, you will be taken to your Chime.in profile page. This is different from your dashboard and it contains your chimes, which you can filter by interests. It also shows your followers, the people you are following, and your communities in the left sidebar. The big dark area at the top contains media from your latest chimes.

Chime.in profile without the upper part
Chime.in profile without the upper part

About Chime.in Communities

While in the process of writing this hub, I decided to join the First Chimers community. I was on my dashboard and clicked the browse all communities link and then went to the First Chimers page that was right at the top of the list.

  1. Click the Join Community button to join a Chime.in community.
  2. You can see a live chat box with the other online community members.
  3. Here are the interest tags that the community founder chose to feed the community timeline.
  4. These are filter buttons to show only certain types of posts.
  5. All the chimes are made up of those of members' posts and those based on the interest tags selected by the founder.

I hope you found this brief tour of the Chime.in interest-based social networking site useful. Of course, some information is left out for you to discover. Have fun playing around with the hidden features, finding little gems of information, and socializing in the Chime.in community.

Join me on Chime.in now.

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Chime in is pretty impressive. I seem to be either at HubPages or Chime In most of the time. Both places have a great active community. Thanks for sharing this information. Voted up and useful.


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lukeuk 4 years ago from United Kingdom

There are just too many wannabe Twitter sites out there if you ask me. I mean this site is even going to the extremes of paying users to use it.


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary Author

Cogerson, I'm just getting started with Chime.in. The above hub is what I have learned so far. I like the idea that you can read on your favorite topics from multiple people in a tweet format.

lukeuk, I totally agree with you. Chime.in will probably have a hard time staying in business. I'm not on too many social sites, but I want to give this new site a try. And as for paying to post. I haven't figured out how they do that yet.


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ryokowaren 4 years ago from USA

This seems a lot like MyPage5, however, MyPage5 had too many hiccups for me. I'm gonna check this site out. Thanks for the article!


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emievil 4 years ago from Philippines

Hmmm, this is the first time I've heard (or read) about Chime.in. Will take a look at it. Thanks Haunty for featuring Chime.in. :)


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary Author

Thanks for reading, ryokowaren and emievil! One thing I noticed about this site is that quite a few people are spamming the system putting their posts in the wrong category for better visibility. I hope the site will improve in this respect.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

omg, we totally need to try this - just for research purposes and all. Im going to sign up and look for you!! Great hub Haunty - you always find the best ideas :)


Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

Thanks for the information on this Hub, I'll be sure to check this out.

Do you get credit of any sort for people signing up under you?


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary Author

Omg, thanks Ardie. That's so nice of you to say. My account is linked in this hub and also you can find me searching for my real name I guess. There aren't so many people on it yet, so we can be among the forerunners. :D

Duchess O'Blunt, I haven't found any sign of a referral program yet. Maybe there isn't one. Thanks for asking though. I hope you'll find the site useful. :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This looks interesting--do you know whether Chime claims ownership to what is posted--


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary Author

I have read their terms and they don't claim ownership of it at this time. You have the ability to delete your posts at any time you choose.


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FatFreddysCat 4 years ago from The Garden State

Looks interesting, maybe I'll give it a shot. Thanx for the tip.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

This is really neat! It's another way to market your writing and your work! Way to go, thanks for sharing. :) Voted up and pressed some other buttons.


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary Author

Well, give it a shot guys, or You'll just miss out on ... another way to market your writing. Good luck and have funnn! :)


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Another nice looking hub young man. When I get more than five minutes I WILL have a good look round the site.Probably in 26 days from now ha ha.


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ryokowaren 4 years ago from USA

I made a community called "hubbersforhubpages". Too cool!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hahaha to Steve's comment! Ok now to this hub...fantastic Haunty! Thank you for the info, I joined last month but never have time to visit much ... look me up sunshine625! Good luck with your 30/30! You are doing awesome!:)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This looks really helpful. I must try this. Well done. Go Yoda!


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Sounds Interesting! Count me in!


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Island Tropical 4 years ago

I have tried this a few month ago but so far only hubpages will help me get more traffic than other sites.


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Rastamermaid 4 years ago from Universe

Awesome hub!

Full of info,I'm checking it out now!

Thanks for sharing!

Blessings!


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cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

I tried to create an account in chime.in but I cant find a way how to earn and also how to get the revenue. Cant you help guide us ?


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

very interesting. thanks for sharing.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

Will be joining soon


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary Author

Thanks for stopping in and reading, everyone!

cetubtouristspot, I think we will have to wait for that feature. It's been announced though.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Haunty, I just signed up here, after seeing it on another Hubber's profile page. It looks interesting but I was a bit unsure of how to use. You have explained it well. Thank you! And how do they feel about you promoting your own work? Is it acceptable to do so? From what I understand, that is acceptable on this site. Am I correct? Thank you!

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