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1bookmasterjmv
Edited: Dec 11, 2006, 12:32am

Mind you, this is just an idea. Feel free to twist it, mold it, change it, or even dump it in the circular file.

However, I think it'd be nice to have a chat for us Thingamabrarians. There are very few book chats out there and we could be starting something interesting. :P

For more information, check out this link about IRC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat/

IRC can be accessed by either downloading a client (such as mIRC) or by java applets. Perhaps, if you guys did this, you could make an applet and link it on the main site.

If you guys did create your own server, then each little group could have their own channel.

I dunno.. I think more instant chat would be kinda nifty for this growing group of bookworms. :D

Let me know what you think...

BookieEdit: Now if only I could figure out the links here. XD

2timspalding
Dec 11, 2006, 12:36am

No, I've thought about chat for some time. I want to it in a better way, however. I want the system to be telling you what books are shared between the people in the room. Wouldn't that be interesting?

3bookmasterjmv
Edited: Dec 11, 2006, 12:40am

That would be absolutely amazing. :D

Anxiously awaiting a chat now. ;) Thanks, Tim!

Soon, I'm going to be spending more time on this site than actually reading. Hey, wait... I think I already do.

4SimonW11
Dec 11, 2006, 12:41am

Chat would not interst me at all.

5bookmasterjmv
Dec 11, 2006, 12:42am

Why not, just wondering? Live book discussions with your groups would be just one of the opportunities.

6SimonW11
Dec 11, 2006, 12:45am

I find chat inane the smaller the thought the faster the fingers and the less structured the conversation. I really miss the cues for turn taking.

7AndrewB
Dec 11, 2006, 1:15am

Simon - then you'd enjoy the "Town Hall" meetings Etsy.com hold with their members, the members have to raise their hand to speak :)

8BoPeep
Dec 11, 2006, 3:29am

IRC was one of the first ways I ever used the internet... it definitely doesn't have to be unstructured and free-for-all, Simon, it just depends on the people who are there and their inclination (or otherwise) to follow the channel's rules...

9rebeccanyc
Dec 11, 2006, 9:37am

I'm not sure if I would get into chat (I spend too much time on this site as it is!) I'm not against it, but I would hate to see it take away from the fun (and learning about new books) of these groups. Maybe I'm just too old for chat!

10timspalding
Dec 11, 2006, 9:41am

Chat is an acquired taste, no question about it.

Just as I made talk to *remove* structure (ie., allow books to escape their threads), I'd want chat to add it, by adding this "conversation pieces" with the most shared books. I suspect that, like most LT features, only a subset would use it. That's good, in my opinion.

I hacked up something a while back, but it had browser issues. It's not at the top of my stack right now—certainly below author and search improvements.