Updates updates updates

This is the first post on the tinychat blog, so lets make it a good one and start off with what we are going to be adding to tinychat:

Ok, here goes:

Major speed improvements, and the death of occasionaly “Freezes”

/nick command

ability to turn on / off joins and parts

add myspace and facebook as a login option – Option to not notify friends

Service icon by their username if they login via twitter/fb/etc.. + avatar

Make the dynamic, based on the last message received -Will say “X new messages” if tab doesn’t have focus.

new smileys to be used for emoticons : http://ebupof.deviantart.com/art/Pidgin-Old-Tango-Smilies-63215859

Password protected chatrooms

Encrypted chatrooms

301 www to non www

and introducing…. tinychat “extended”
Tinychat extended is designed for users who would rather opt for a non-disposable chat. It will let you register for a room name ( for instance #john ) and then you will “own” that channel. You can kick and IP ban users, add moderators, password protect it, add encryption, review all chat logs and more.

These features are primarily designed for people who want to put tinychat on their own websites via the up and coming inline flash widget. You can get the same sexy interface the main site ads, but skinnable and on your own site.

embedded chatrooms will be available in both flash and javascript versions, and there will be an option to play sounds on chat events



  1. Posted February 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Can you give me any info as to how I add this app to my site? I have a forum and would like users to have the option to start a chat session.



  2. dscartes
    Posted February 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    hej fra copenhagen 🙂

    great app/service – mange tak! 🙂

    As with Gary above – advice please?

    + re tinychat extended – where can i find details etc?

    many thanks

  3. Disappointed
    Posted February 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    The auto post to Twitter is annoying and you are already getting bad press (and blog posts) about it. It makes me and others suspicious of you and your motives. I see nothing in the terms of service that alerts users that if they use their Twitter settings that tinychat will post something that appears to be coming from the user.

    Bad form.

  4. Posted February 18, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    This is great!

    How do you get the Tinychat Extended?

  5. kevin
    Posted February 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    When is Tinychat extended is going to be available?

  6. Posted February 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm | Permalink


    testing site

  7. Posted February 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    haters…I can’t believe people that give bad press for free service.

    This site is awesome. I just recommended that anyone using Moodle on our site use it instead. Moodle chat is awful and yours is great!

  8. DamirK
    Posted February 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Fix the bug with FF! Can’t close the tab!

  9. Posted February 18, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Nice clean web app, is there a limit on how many people can chat at one time?



  10. Posted February 19, 2009 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    This is a great idea though I’m reluctant to add yet-another page which I must always keep open. Is there any chance you might expose your client/server protocol? If I could wire TinyChat to my existing IRC client I’d be much more likely to use it. That way I could still lower the bar for less technical friends and family without raising the bar for myself.

  11. Posted February 19, 2009 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    great service, would love it if maybe as a payed service you had an irc gateway to the same chatroom.

  12. Dan
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Currently moving to jabber for backend, so hooray for all that want that.

  13. Posted February 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Great Service!!

    It’s really useful, and when you implement this feature, it became quite perfect..

    Thanks a lot!

  14. Posted February 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Is the room unlimited? Can 100 plus peple chat at the same time?


  15. Posted February 19, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    A nice feature, might be to allow people to have a set of “actions” to say paste a block of code to tinypaste. so you’d click

    “quick list”>>(drop-down) “big block”

    a tiny-paste form layers over the screen. When you hit submit, the following appears in chat:

    [5:05]Rob: resource: http://tinypaste.com/555

    Using the same menu you could add a similar feature for tinypic.com

    “quick list”>>(drop-down)”picture”

  16. tinychat
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    extended will hopefully be available soon.

    a new backend is the current priority, but the new backend will make it easier to implement extended anyway 🙂

  17. Posted February 19, 2009 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Very quick and easy to use. I’ll be on the lookout for updates.

  18. BobBB
    Posted February 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Excellent app! The one feature missing though is some kind of sound when a new message is posted. That way I don’t miss anything if I am working in another app.

  19. mediasnackersstats
    Posted February 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Great little online app guys – one quick question (suggestion) : do you have plans to make the chat embeddable at all?

    Looking forward to hearing from you and thanks in advance for your time.

  20. tinychat
    Posted February 21, 2009 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    yes, along with speed improvements

  21. tinychat
    Posted February 21, 2009 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    it’s on the todo list

  22. adam
    Posted February 22, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    eta on the embedded chat room? We have a site that we would like to embed your chat room in to…thanks!

  23. Posted February 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I blog for a newspaper Web site and I want to give this a try out tonight. Sadly, these types of chat sometimes serve as magnets for trolls. Is there a way to limit access/ban offenders? I don’t care what they say, but my editors do, specifically if it’s libelous.

  24. Steve
    Posted February 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    @RoyBragg – If you don’t log in with your Twitter ID, the URL is not published. I’ve used TinyChat in that way and just emailed the link to the people I wanted to chat with.

  25. Posted February 27, 2009 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    I have read a couple people ask about multiple chatters in a room and havent seen an answer? I tried to pull more than one person in a chat room, and could never seem to get more than two people chatting together or to show in the room, even though multiple people showed on their window that they were in the same-named chat… I am also interested in the “extended” version that allows the room creator to ban or kick out people?

  26. Cameron
    Posted March 1, 2009 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Waiting for extended 😀

  27. Posted March 6, 2009 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Really loving the service and was good to speak with you Dan. Looking forward to some more Admin privileges, though I don’t think you should over complicate things on the surface. People seem to like your service because it appears simple and easy to use. It’s also much more preferable to IRC because you don’t need to download a client to run it.

    I don’t mind seeing a lot of the keyboard shortcuts making it in there, so long as there’s a simple mouse click alternative for the newbies. In it’s current form I’m very happy. Apart from the ability to kick an IP, I don’t actually want to see anything changed :¬)

    One thing however, I tried to save & post a chat log to my Twitter but there seems to be a character limit using TinyPaste. I had to rather messily cut and past into several parts. Ideally if this could be a one click thing I’m sorted, but if you have no control over the character limit of TinyPaste could it automatically split the chatlog and post 2 links?

    That’s about it really. Really really pleased with the service!


  28. Posted March 7, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    LOVING the service, cant wait for the upgrades you are working on

  29. Stef
    Posted March 9, 2009 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    A cool idea would be to show a list of all the open chat rooms that are currently on.

    Also, you can add tags to your chat room (I.e. Manchester uinited/footbal) and then if someone wants to find out the latest score for example, or even just to talk about footall, they’ll search it and join.

    You like the idea?! I do 🙂

  30. Ana
    Posted March 10, 2009 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Very nice chat utility. I would like to suggest something that would make it stand apart even further from IRC and take advantage of it being on the web: the ability to paste images (with a maximum size) inline during a chat. I have been dying to see this feature in an IRC client.

    Also, even better, would be the ability to draw a picture in addition to typing!

  31. Karen B
    Posted March 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Any ETA on the extended features? This a great little app, but my group wants to be able to control who joins the chat. Thanks

  32. Posted March 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Love TinyChat (TC) (and TinyPaste). How about a Settings|Option that allows the user to open TinyChat in the sidebar. It would be great to be watching a webinar, attending a videoconference, or collaborating in one way or another and having TC formatted for running in a horizontal mode that fits inside the Firefox sidebar.

    Keep up the great work!

  33. Destone
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    What’s your business idea behind the walls?

    If this service becomes popular you should expect to spend thousands of dollars for the server per month.

  34. Posted March 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi there,
    tiny Chat sounds really exciting, do you have any news about the extended features?

  35. Posted March 30, 2009 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    When tiny chat will get some of these features, i’ll stop using irc/channels for my non profit organization and game project.

    At the moment i did a presentation on how to join irc from windows (etc) using xchat (since it’s open source / cross platform somewhat and user friendly desktop client)… and took a bit to have people join in and there where no website embeddable chat rooms. http://docs.google.com/Presentation?id=dfbbjc3c_24fb4cz7d8
    If you haven’t found a partner that wants to bring tinychat to a new level, please reconsider me.
    I started up a non profit organization and we’re building up 2 free open source games using open source applications in the pipeline as well as free services that we’ll be advocating/advertising along the way.
    I’m also specialized in graphic design and could help with such matters as well as usability. I also have mates that could prove themselves usable (webcoders and such) if needed.

    As i told you before, i’m not located in bay area, i’m from Europe/Romania.

    Best regards,
    Valentin Anastase

  36. Posted May 7, 2009 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    How can I get more smilyes

  37. Posted June 14, 2009 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    hi i put this chatroom on my sit so my members can log on

    when i want too share a file anoter site pops up and i get a lot spam that did not happen a few days ago

  38. Posted June 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    i got the code and put it on my site it work, than it went too the none paying members chat

    now i paid 2 times in 3 days , do i have too pay again

    and the code i get is not pro

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