let the chat begin!

April 7th, 2002

We’re getting the first few BlogChat beta users up to speed. You can see a list of who’s online and not on the right there. If you see someone online, drop in and say Hi.

If you want to get involved in the beta, send us email at beta@blogchat.com. All you’ll have to do is put a blogchat popup link on your page or an embedded iframe like I have. You go to the host page, sign in, and then anyone who visits your web page can chat with you. Takes about 2 minutes to get it going.

7 comments to “let the chat begin!”

  1. Hi Brent:

    I guess we only rate a mention if we use your centralized BlogChat service 🙂 !

    What about us ‘ole BlogChat people running it on our own server? Can you link to us? I don’t plan on using your centralized BlogChat service because I don’t have a job and therefore can’t pay you 🙁 !

    If you can’t link to people running their own BlogChat servers, can you release the code for the nice sidebar on the right with the red and green buttons. It sure is purty 🙂 !



  2. Hi Roland;

    We’re in the process of building the BlogChat website, which will include a gallery of blogchatters, both service-based and those we know of who run BlogChats themselves. It’s in progress but somewhat subordinate to the testing right now.

    The server-side code for the sidebar wouldn’t be relevant to anyone without access to our service database to iterate the chats and check online status, but here’s the output:

    <META HTTP-EQUIV=”Refresh” CONTENT=”30;”>
    <link rel=”stylesheet” href=”include/blogchat.css” />
    <img src=”images/green.gif” /><a href=”chatentry.php?blogchatId=brentashley” onclick=”window.open(this.href,”,’height=200,width=450,toolbar=no,location=no,resizable=yes’);return false;”>Brent</a><br>
    <img src=”images/red.gif” />Tim<br>

  3. Thanks for the update and the code!

    One last question: will BlogChat continue to be free and/or open source for people like me who want to run it on their own server?

    If yes, then I will continue to use it.

    If no, I will stop using it at some point or pay for it if/when I get a job 🙂 !

  4. The free version will stay free. It won;t have as many features as the hosted version, but if you run it, you can tweak it.

  5. Roland, I’ve tried to maintain a list on my site but its difficult when people change the implementation of the indicators etc. when they have the source and the option to do that.

    We’ll have to see how to list non-service based blogchats in the future when we get there.

  6. You r saying chat with me, i am online now.

    When i cliced start chattting, small window says:-

    The host for this BlogChat isn’t online right now.
    Please come and chat another time.

    Can u say something for the above message.


  7. When you got the page that had the green indicator on it, I was online. Sometime after that I went offline and you still showed the green indicator because your page was not refreshed. so, when you clicked to get the chat, I was no longer there.