Kakao Talk’s new Open Chat features lets you join a chat room with the click of a link. There’s no need to provide your mobile number of Kakao ID, so your privacy is safe. All chat rooms in Open Chat have urls that can be shared on social media and on websites (which then becomes a no-registration Disqus). Anyone with the link can join the conversation, no need to add people one by one.
Open Chat (1) addresses worries about exposing one’s personal details on messenger services and (2) provides a fast, hassle-free way to communicate. Anyone with the link can jump into the conversation.
Paolo Pineda, CEO of Kakao Talk Philippines, in a light moment at the Kakao Talk press conference at A Space, Makati.
Its usage scenarios include:
- Chat threads for students doing group work, study sessions, and extracurricular activities.
- Comment thread on online market places where buying and selling happens, but without the need to reveal personal info and contact numbers.
- Interactive comment section for websites (bloggers, take note) so that readers can post questions and share thoughts without the need to register.
Creating an Open Chat
Tap on the floating “+” button on the Chats tab and choose “Open Chat”. The host can input his chat identity and set up a chat room. The host can choose a chat type (one on one or group), select a background image, and tap “OK”. The Open Chat link will be live and ready to be used or shared.
Left to right: Noah Hwang, Product Manager; Jean Lee, CFO; Nico Chiong, Community Manager.
Open Chat can take in up to 500 users in a single chat room. The chat room’s host can limit the number of users per given Open Chat. Starting October 11, 2015, Open Chat will be available on both iOS and Android. Users can also enjoy other features like Secret Group Chat and Star Chat.
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