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The internet and the apps and sites we use on it become more and more popular every day as more people learn how to use it and reap the benefits of being able to be connected around the world at any hour of the day.
One of the aspects of social media and the internet that continues to grow is chat platforms. Depending on your needs, different chat platforms should suit you better than others. For example, a newer chat platform called Signal may be more secure than WhatsApp for sending private messages.
Facebook Messenger may work better for some than the quickly vanishing messages on Snapchat. Read on to learn about the top 10 chat platforms in 2022 for young adults to chat on.
1. Facebook Messenger
Messenger is one of the most widely used chat apps in the world. It’s especially popular in the US as a form of contact with friends and family. With Messenger, you can send stickers, change your chat theme, send emojis, and save important chats.
WhatsApp has become an internationally used app. It is very popular in developing countries, and for those who wish to speak to others internationally, using your phone number. You do need to have an active phone number to sign up, which makes it a little less accessible. It also doesn’t have an anti-spam feature, so you may come across scammers and bots on WhatsApp.
However, it does offer features to send gifs, translate messages, save photos you receive, and add a custom background to your chat screen.
Signal is an app similar to WhatsApp that allows you to send end-to-end encrypted messages to others. It is the best option for those looking for a safe and secure way to send messages to those they care about.
4. Instagram DMs
Instagram is owned by Facebook, so it has a similar layout to Messenger when it comes to sending messages. However, on Instagram, you can send photos that can disappear after a certain amount of time, and you can also view the stories of those you’re chatting with.
Instagram DMs have most of the features of Messenger, as well as some extras more related to photos and videos. You can share your favorite Reels or simply send photos to your friends throughout your day.
Snapchat is an older platform on the internet that allows you to send quick photos and videos to your friends and family. You can also open a chat by clicking on the name of someone you have recently sent a “snap” to. Just open the chat up and send a message. You will need to hold down on your message to save it. The same applies to the other person’s messages.
If you don’t save your messages, they will disappear after you close out of the chat. If you do save them, you may only be able to view them up to a certain amount of time, depending on your friend’s settings. If you’re having a serious conversation, it might be best to have it outside of Snapchat.
6. Tumblr Chat
Did you know that Tumblr also has a chat feature? To use it, you just need to open your blog messages. You can then send messages to your followers or any user on Tumblr. You can share posts with them and even send photos.
Discord chat is the best chat for the gamers out there. You can stream or play games and toggle from voice chat to regular chat while in-game. You can also create Discord group chats for larger groups of people, with themes and separate chat rooms for different categories. If you like organized groups, this chat is the one for you.
Slack is similar to Discord but was made with companies and freelancers in mind. You can use it to communicate with your employees, and like Discord, you can create separate channels for different teams in your company. Slack has many features, and it’s fully customizable.
Telegram is another app that connects to your phone number, and it’s similar to WhatsApp. Most of the features you can find on other chat platforms can be found here. You can also add groups on Telegram.
10. Tinder (for Dating)
If you’re looking to have some more steamy or romantic chats, Tinder is the place to go. Everyone on Tinder is local to you, and most people are looking for relationships or encounters with others. If you’re also looking to date and chat with people near you, Tinder is a great option.
You can send photos, gifs, and emojis through Tinder. You’ll also only have the ability to chat with people who match with you.
Now you know a little more about the chats available to you. If you want to learn more about chatting and the ins and outs, check out this site for some up-to-date and helpful information.