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Instant message with friends online

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Zachariah Boren, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Zachariah Boren

    Zachariah Boren New Member

    Something that facebook has. The option to instant message your friends that are on-line.

    Something you can enable and disable per user, usergroup.
    gldtn, imthebest, wcbryant and 14 others like this.
  2. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    I don't think instantaneously/instantly contacting some like MSN or a chatbox is a goal here. Rather like twitter or facebook wall posts is where you can get in contact with someone/ a group of people in a short amount of time say 5 mins.​
  3. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Also, wouldn't something like this be rather server intensive?
  4. Nix

    Nix Well-Known Member

    I really don't think it's needed as we have PMs/Conversations already. Just my opinion.
  5. Vossi

    Vossi Active Member

    The idea aint bad. But forums on webspace might get performance problems.
  6. Onimua

    Onimua Well-Known Member

    ... and with the Inbox alert marking, I think it's a good replacement. You follow the conversation easily, and get notified when there's a new message.

    It might not be instant, but I think it's fine without killing your server.
  7. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    true, but it's not like a real-time chat which is a big deal for many communities.
  8. Zachariah Boren

    Zachariah Boren New Member

    I'll just stay with my 8K+ IM contacts and IRC, I guess.
  9. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Why not connect directly to IM networks? That barely affects performance, as the IM networks and desktop clients run the service.
    I am still baffled that forums have ignored IM until now, while half the world uses it and IM allows forums to reach members on their desktop. Most IM networks are interconnected, so is relatively easy to plug into. It would be a compelling function attracting users to XF.
  10. Cezz

    Cezz Well-Known Member

    Easiest way to implement something like this would just be adding the meebo bar or something else like that... The benefits to which include drag and drop sharing links, images and videos with twitter, facebook, email and IM contacts... and the fact it works will all of your exsisiting IM services... However it doesn't have any options for local username login which would be the best option... There are others out there that do the same thing though, to have this as standard in xenForo would be server intensive though,
  11. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I agree with Nix. If this is something that you really want, you could always install the Wibiya toolbar, which has instant chat like FB.
  12. PixelFX

    PixelFX Member

    you could always setup a separate open fire network, then add a link to header. Run it off site so it keeps server load down but adds real time chat for those wanting it. And lets forum focus more on discussions.
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  13. fattony69

    fattony69 Well-Known Member

    I like cometchat. It does all of this.
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  14. Chris M

    Chris M Active Member

    IM is not needed on a Forum - There are Private Conversations and the actual Forums themselves to post in. Some forums will also have a shoutbox which is pretty close to IM - Leave the IM'ing to the IM programs ;)
    Dismal Shadow and Peggy like this.
  15. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    A chatbox shouldn't be that hard to create as a modification as something like that shouldn't come standard with something like this :)
  16. Floris

    Floris Guest

    IM is for IM clients. Overkill to add.
  17. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Yes, this would be excellent. Would love that out of the box.

    I think once a member base has IM functionality, the community will expand virally. Especially the active members a site gets. Members are attracted to the site whenever an IM alert is sent out or friends come online.
  18. PixelFX

    PixelFX Member

    I setup external open fire for my networks and team which is good for real time group/file sharing, by keeping it separate it helps cut down server load for the main sites. I think the primary focus of xenforo should be for forums, IM systems take away from public discussions that should be for all members to take part in otherwise why have a forum.
  19. James

    James Well-Known Member

    All we need to do is make private conversations auto-update and voila - instant messaging!

    Someone could create a toolbar modification to auto-send/receive private conversations.
  20. Sadik B

    Sadik B Well-Known Member

    See Forums are meant to encourage people to post. The problem with IM is that then people may not post but only use the Chatting... So content does not remain on your forum threads which means search engines have nothing to index which means less visitors which means less income... :D

    So IM should be left out of Forums. IF a forum system was to have it, I wouldn't enable it.

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