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What Is Chime.in and How Is It Different from Facebook/Twitter/Google+?

Chime.in is a social network brought to you by UberMedia; the people behind UberSocial apps and Echofon. They aim to improve your social network experience by integrating rich media, community discovery, and flexible user following.

At a glance, here are some features that sets it apart from other social networks.

  • Everything is public. There are no private messages, direct messages, or circles.
  • Media can easily be integrated into every post (sorry no gifs).
  • You can follow a user wholly, or only specific interests from that user.
  • Community pages allow founders to monetize on the pages they make with ads.

Let’s have a look at some of the features to see if you want to want to invest time in another social network.

Chimes and Chimeline

Think of Chimes as Tweets or Facebook/Google+ posts. This is the main thing you do on any social network and where Chime.in focuses most of it’s effort.

Media integration allows you to embed polls, pictures, links, and videos directly into your chime. Like other social networks you can add interests, similar to hashtags, and send the post to someone, @ replies. But remember, no matter who you send the chime to, everything is still public.

Posting chimes also has the ability to post directly to your Twitter or Facebook feeds, but the feature is currently disabled in the beta.

Replies are nothing new, but nested replies (1 level deep) with the ability to vote up or down comments is handy.

Sorting is a feature that is usually overlooked in most social networks and we are not yet sold on it’s necessity. None-the-less, Chime.in allows you to sort your chimeline by time, amount of likes, shares, or comments.

Communities

Communities are for gathering around a topic, brand, or interests. They are very similar to Facebook pages with a few small distinctions.

Community pages have discussions which are live chat rooms involving anyone that is currently on the same page. You can’t post to a discussion unless you are on the community page.

Community pages have chimelines just like users, but these can be filtered by the community founder(s) to include chimes for specific interests or from specific users.

Communities also have ads which the community founder can place on the page and will get a piece of the click revenue. If you don’t want ads, you can place a nice message to the community.

Mobile Apps

Chime.in supports iOS, Android, and Blackberry for it’s mobile apps and they allow you to see chimes, reply to chimes, and post chimes. They also allow you to browse interests to stay up to date on topics and users.

Chime.in is currently in a closed beta (invites required) but will open to the public soon.

Justin is a Linux and HTPC enthusiast who loves to try new projects. He isn't scared of bricking a cell phone in the name of freedom.

  • Published 10/18/11

Comments (11)

  1. Nakaan

    I got in without an invite a minute or two ago, proceed to the sign-up, people!

  2. LePeR

    No thanks.. 3 is enough for moi

  3. nt0xik8ed

    oh cool, one more way for boring people to bore others

  4. Age

    Shouldn’t there be something in this article about why we’d want to use this, over any existing network? Does it have any interesting, unique, features?

  5. A

    EVERYTHING is public? that’s not something I’d go for. I really don’t want to be able to be searched just by anyone who feels like throwing my name into the search box…

  6. Dean

    I’ll Chime In. Count me in the “why-do-we-need-yet-another-social-media-app?” camp. I barely, rarely use Facebook. And if that went totally public, I would finally drop it. nt0xik8ed hit the nail on the head.

  7. Jack

    I use Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, but as I saw a quote from the great sage speaking on the use of Facebook, Betty White noted it was a ‘Huge waste of time’.

  8. Emily

    I’m still trying to figure out why I would want to use Google+. I was barely understanding the need for Twitter until I saw live tweets during the Haitian earthquake, where buried people were tweeting their location… or people on the streets were tweeting the location where they could hear people calling from help beneath the rubble. So a public address system does have it’s altruistic uses, but I feel the social media world is getting too cluttered.

  9. CitrusRain

    Oh man, it’s like reversed circles!

    That’s the only problem that G+ has had for me.
    (programming stream was full of pony posts)

  10. Carlos Wilthew

    When or will it ever be available on Nokia’s Symbian S60?

  11. exinco

    i love this site more than google+. i received lots response from my chimelines

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