Discord Looks To Grow Beyond Its Gaming Roots


    Discord began in 2015 as a way for gamers to talk to one another before, during, and after play. Now, the chat company is pursuing a far broader vision: to be the Slack for your non-work life. From a report: Discord allows people to create their own online community space, to set and enforce rules and decide whether to remain invite-only or open it to the public. Users can share messages in various channels, chat privately and have group discussions. More recently, the company has added group video chat. Discord calls each community’s space a “server,” but it’s not a server in the sense of a separate computer controlled by the user. Users can run servers without needing system-administrator knowhow. […] Citron said Discord is trying to enable online social spaces that can serve different functions. In the real world, an auditorium looks quite different from a classroom from a coffee shop, with each design offering cues to how the space is used. Discord, which has more than 100 million monthly active users, is trying to create similar types of spaces online. Read more of this story at Slashdot.


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