Do you think it would be a good idea for hubpages to implement a personnal chat option? I feel like I could have some wonderful conversations with people but find that forums are tedious and can be derailed too easily. Also, they get very disorganized. What do you think?
I think it's been brought up quite often as well as personal inboxing, but I do not believe the staff has commented on the possibility other than to remind us that we have the option of e mailing ppl.
I think it's a great idea and would be fun. We'd get to chat with people that we're getting to know on the site in a more private, possible leisurely, way.
With so many chat options out there, what would be the real point in implementing chat on the HP site?
I remember a few years ago I hosted a chatroom on another site for Hubbers. Not many really wanted anything to do with it but a few did and we chatted as often as we were able. Might be a good idea to open your own chatroom and invite others to join you.
At no point in the eight year history of HubPages has this feature ever been genuinely considered by admin because the actual need does not exist.
Despite numerous chat options on the net, and many outside groups started, none of them have ever lasted at all nor drawn anything more than a couple dozen users.
If you change the forum view to chronological they are a lot easier to follow.
Plain and simple- "This is a writing site", You want social media -you will never find it here.
We are currently chatting on a writing site. If this avenue works, others may too.
Plain and simple? I would like to talk to my readership on a real time basis. Writing is about writing. But it is also about associating with your audience. This could help in that regard.
This is something the Team has talked about in the past, but our main concern is that we simply don't have the resources to monitor or moderate a live chat between Hubbers (for spam, harassment, etc). There are already a lot of great free chat options as well (HipChat is a good one), so Hubbers who are interested in forming a discussion group chat are certainly encouraged to do so!
Correlation never proves causation. If the tech was there, people would use it. The fact is it takes time and implementation taken out of the users day to create, maintain, and attract people to another website or chat room to socialize. If it was right there, people would be more inclined to jump in. Just my two cents.
I have to agree. If I had to leave HPs to go to another site, I wouldn't really feel like I was on HPs anymore and Im not so much interested in looking for a chat site. I always just thought an inbox was preferable to sending and receiving emails. All these sites are external. If I wanted external, then I would stick to the external.
I think it could be pretty invasive when you are trying to write online. One could chat from Facebook if you invite the friends you have here to your Facebook page.
Actually, I thought about this too. I get annoyed at chat on Facebook and actually turn it off most of the time. Here at HP I could see it being a problem: Trying to write and having someone pop up trying to chat with you. It would be like being at work and having someone constantly coming up to you to chat. And, of course, that has other problems--like them wanting to gossip or stir something up, etc.
Well it's an inbox. You could click on it or not. Read it now and answer it later... or not. It's not actually invasive at all. Giving ppl your email address (and going to the trouble of having to check a secondary email acct.) or allowing strangers into your personal life on FB isn't preferable to me.
I like the idea of an inbox. That is a good point about invasive chat boxes, but there could be a setting to hide chats when you are in the hub editor.
I don't like any personal chat option but I wouldn't prefer to send a message without email addresses showing.
It is not a feature that I am interested in. As someone else said, there are plenty of chat options out there if someone wants to talk personally with someone. I am generally quite busy so chat on a writers site could prove to be an inconvenience for me rather than a assistance. It would also give spammers one more area to get an in. My vote would be NO.
I see a lot of people saying that they aren't interested in such a feature (myself included)... I guess writers are somewhat anti-social by nature? (haha)
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