BiggerPockets Live Chat: Coming Soon . . .

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Hey All -

We wanted to tease you with an awesome new feature that is coming soon to BiggerPockets -- our LIVE CHAT!  In addition to the forums, blogs and private messaging system, members will be able to jump in on a live chat with their colleagues.

We know this will help you better engage with current and new connections and look forward to the impending launch!

That is great idea, valuable resource for communications.

Another distraction its hard enough to stop surfing the forums ,now chat Video?  Great work 

Josh is this a  Skype type thing with video or more a private instant messenger type thing like on Facebook??

It would be cool to instantly video chat with someone on BP with the click of a button.

If it's text only then likely I would just talk to people over the phone as I can share 10 times the info in 30 minutes over a phone call then typing out. I guess if you are one of those speed typing types then you could handle 5 conversations at once.  

@Joel Owens  - For starters it is just a IM client.  Depending on adoption, we may consider video.  While you may prefer the phone, many people go from BP to skype or FB to chat -- why not keep them here to do it?  

I think for the majority of users the basic chat will work as they are talking about basic concepts.

For me people start asking about commercial real estate and it gets really technical. To type that out would take an enormous amount of time due to length.

My situation is more unusual. I agree if you can integrate another user friendly feature where you make the site an "all in one stop" for real estate then it incubates users from going multiple places and increases the value of your site.

BP constantly growing!...... : )

Extremely cool. And @Steven Picker  took the words out of my mouth, er, hands ... I may never get out of here. Oh right, that's the point.

And count me as one who actually prefers messaging to video or phone (whenever I can get away with it). But I am indeed a speedy typist. :) Looking forward to this feature!

This is great. Will it be possible to have more than 2 parties in a conversation?

that is awesome @Joshua Dorkin     and the experience here is already great... this will just further enhance the experience and create a platform for users to interact. 

thanks for continuing to make this better. 

@Joshua Dorkin   That would be great. It would could be used almost as an unsanctioned Q and A. 

Fantastic News!!!

YAY!!! @Joshua Dorkin   I love it! This is something I have wanted to see for so long! Sometimes people need "real time" help and their posts can get lost in the shuffle.

Then right after you get that going, are you starting a BP Addicts Support Group? I'll head it up! 

any chance of it working in the mobile app(s)?

It is great that you are adding to the capability of the site. If there is not a way to disable the chat, please consider adding that feature. I often like to have BP up in the background. If there is a chat box pinging frequently (not that I expect I would be contacted very often) it would be distracting when I am working on other things. I would be more likely to close the BP window if the chat could not be disabled.

@Joel Rightler  - We hope so -- probably not immediately, though.

@Jeff Rabinowitz  - Absolutely.  We will give users the ability to choose different statuses including not available....

@Joshua Dorkin  

Are you taking the approach of Web Chat Client that is XMPP compatible {a back-end XMPP server}?  If so, will you allow folks to connect with their own chat clients?

@Roy N.  - We weren't planning on it up front, but have talked about opening up the possibility. 

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