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Well this really depends on what the chat is for. I quite like live chat for example when: It's discreet, in that there are no popups without your consent e.g. by clicking a link. I only chat when I have a problem or a question I want to ask immediately. Sometimes I don't want to wait for an email reply the following day (or the next). If the chat obeys ...


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Openmeetings perfectly embeds into web sites


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Olark is gaining some momentum in the startups / smaller more dynamic sites space. AFAIK the high-level picture of Olark is: Javascript-only on the website with a hosted backend (SaaS monthly subscription) and browser- and mobile clients based on common Instant Messaging protocols.


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Here they are some more: http://www.volusion.com/live-chat/software.asp [FREE AND COMMERCIAL] http://www.livezilla.net/home/en/ [ONLY COMMERCIAL] http://www.providesupport.com/prices/index.html [ONLY COMMERCIAL]


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This is obviously going to depend on the site/service/salesperson. But most sites I've come across don't pop-up a live-chat invitation. So if you find it annoying, you could always not go that route. Or some businesses prefer to use live analytics to identify when a user who's shown interest in a product is looking for some help—then, and only then, do ...


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Have you even tried Googling "php chat"? When I do that there are several viable options: http://www.phpfreechat.net/ http://www.phpopenchat.org/ Even more at http://www.hotscripts.com/category/php/scripts-programs/chat-scripts/ If you mean you want one that works exactly like the Stack Overflow chat... well you're probably out of luck, since that was ...


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You could use some flash based media server clients. Have a look at red5. it even has webcam support.


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Kanyo or eye network should be able to help you out, you'd need to talk to their tech people about implementation though.


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Use a XMPP server like Openfire to handle the chat sessions. Then you can write your own XMPP client (e.g. in jQuery or wherever you want to run the client on) or check out this nice thread with several web-based XMPP clients.


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I like Zopim hosted chat (sign up here if you like). They offer reasonable pricing and a free forever 1 agent account. I work for a small company and this is the service we use on our websites for live support. The chat widget for your site is javascript based and you can use GTalk to communicate with your site visitors.


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There is a difference between a chat site and a site with chat. Many legitimate sites have chat features for customers contact customer service, support, or even each other. As long as the content of chats is not publicly accessible you have a site with chat. If chats are visible to all - hence crawlable - you have a chat site. Regardless of chat or not, ...


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The huge problem with chat sites is the problem of the topics being discussed in them and one of the many reasons why Google is very vague on the area and I have personally heard of sites having there adsense accounts disabled, sadly Google is pretty slack when it comes to picking and choosing which sites should not be active in their adsense scheme as legit ...


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Try using existing technologies like nodejs + nowjs or the brand new technology Meteor. They implement the web sockets thing automatically, and you can focus your app specific requirements.


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Might not be worth writing from scratch. If you look at services such as olark they offer live support chat for probably less per month than the cost of writing your own support chat. If you are looking to have group chat, then look at cometchat. Its a script you can install on your server that will give you facebook style user to user chat. If you want ...


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You can use Commetchat ArrowChat If you want whole facebook chat on your site. Use facebook api or ebuddy that will give you facebook chat for only facebook users.


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I don't think you'll find any chart or data showing that a chat room increases the number of users of your site. In fact, it would be difficult to create a chat room going without having enough users there to support it first. However, if you already have a significant number of users a chat room could be a good idea. But I don't think you should be trying ...


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I've used CometChat for my vBulletin forum. It works great and is really feature loaded. I have been using their video chat version and my members love it. As for your question, it integrates with username, avatar as well as friends system of vBulletin.


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Your question is very broad since there are a lot of moving parts that go into building a good messaging stack: message storage for when users are offline long polling or websocket management for getting messages "pushed" media handling so that users can share files permissions and moderation to kick out abusive chatters security (source: I helped design ...


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I know it is possible to have Google Talk embedded in a personal/professional website, which is the closest thing to what you're describing without having to reinvent the wheel. Check it out here.


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http://www.comm100.com/ is a good option and free too. When we were thinking about live chat for our site we narrowed down to Liveperson and Comm100, then later on selected Com100 as it has various customization options and above all free of cost (eventually we didn't implement any chat support because of various political reasons in our office).


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http://solutions.liveperson.com is the best i have experienced. Cost is hard to say as they work to a budget so can be lower or higher. Can see a demo on their site, and they tick all the above required fields


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Take a look at Bold Chat it has a nice feature which lets you setup triggers to open custom chat windows based on keywords in the URL, time on page, referring URL and more. http://boldchat.com/live-chat-features-chart.asp


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I've used this site in the past: http://www.chatbutton.com/. It works pretty well, and is usable.


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LiveZilla is a free and open source customer-service chat application. PHP Free Chat is a LGPL licensed open source chat-room chat application. Both of these are mature, full featured programs with a large user base and strong community support.


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Neither LAMP stack nor free, but I thought I'd throw this out there for posterity. WhosOn is a decent piece of monitoring software that also has chat functionality. They have both a hosted solution or a one-time fee version. I currently use an older version strictly for monitoring, but if I implement live chat then this is what I'll use.


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Edit: just realized you wanted a free solution. Sorry, the following is not free, but paying gets you a whole package with no build time. I've used LivePerson extensively at two different companies and their support is excellent, the customization capability is excellent, and it's got a good pricing structure that doesn't limit how many operators you have, ...


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Seems like a ridiculous name, but we've used Cute Chat in an Asp.Net environment.


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You can show your Skype status on your website. Skype has so many add-ons, including chat rooms, that you can pretty much do anything with it. If you're wanting other options, take a look at this list of 10 Chat Widgets. CoverItLive is pretty popular as well, but it might not be quite what you're looking for.



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