How to put a live chat room on a podcast website

Chat FolderEncourage viewer-participation with a chat room during your live-streaming, podcast-recording sessions.

Previous live-streaming podcast episodes

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Ideal chat room features

Embedding a chat room is easy, but picking a service that works best for your listeners is harder.

  1. Hosted by someone else
  2. Embeddable on a web page
  3. Prefer without Flash Player
  4. Anonymous or guest access without account
  5. Account option
  6. Integration with Facebook and Twitter (including login with them)
  7. Top-to-bottom flow (like an instant messenger)
  8. Basic formatting (bold, italics, links, colors)
  9. Moderation controls (word-blocking, banning users)
  10. Free or low-cost

Sites that offer embeddable chat rooms

  •—requires Flash Player, requires account for chat room, posts bottom to top, mostly stinks
  •—does not require Flash Player, requires account, posts top to bottom
  • LiveStreamcurrently requires Flash Player (promises support for non-Flash soon); allows guest and LiveStream registered account; posts top to bottom.
  • Chatango—requires Flash Player; allows anonymous, guest, and registered account; posts top to bottom
  • Facebook Live Stream—does not require Flash Player, only allows Facebook users, posts bottom to top
  • 99chats—requires Flash Player, allows guests, posts top to bottom
  • UserPlane—requires Flash Player, free option limited to 25 connections
  • ChatRoll—does not require Flash Player, Facebook and Twitter logins, account option, posts top to bottom, free option limited to 10 participants
  • CBox—does not require Flash Player, $2/month
  • Anything powered by IRC, such as WyldeRyde. These are sometimes Flash-powered, sometimes Java (avoid these), and sometimes Javascript and HTML (get these).

Do you know of other services or have thoughts on any of these? Please share your feedback!

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Matthew Evins
12 years ago

Daniel – When I host my live podcast, there is a delay in the audio being fed to the live site (I’m using Mixlr because it’s audio only). I’m experiencing a problem with the lag and audience participation. By the time the audio hits the live site and users comment in the chat room, we are already on a different topic. Do you have thoughts on how to minimize this? Thanks!

Matthew Evins
12 years ago

Great – thanks for the response!

9 years ago

Thanks for sharing! I am using Chat4Support which helps to easily put a live chat roon on website. I like this live chat and visitor tracking solution. It is definitely worth a try and it doesnt hurt when you can try their free version too. They provide outstanding support!!

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