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ChinWag Benefits

  • Open

    ChinWag is an XMPP-based messaging service, which means we fully interoperate with hundreds of other services around the world. Your friends may already be waiting for you.

  • Choice

    Because ChinWag uses open standards, you have access to a huge range of software choices to suit your usage. If you change computer, phone or service provider it doesn't matter. You'll still be able to access our services.

  • Mobile

    Whether you're at your desk or on a train, if you're connected to the internet then ChinWag is ready to help you stay in touch. Unstable connections are not a problem, we'll do our best to make sure whatever devices you're using are always in sync.

  • Social

    Group chats are a basic feature that we encourage and support. Our server is open to host rooms for any XMPP user, not just our own. Whether you just need ten minutes to plan a meetup or a reliable place to touch base with old friends for years to come, we're ready to help you out.

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Recent Posts

  • Mastodon Deployed

    About two months ago, there was a big buzz that built up around Mastodon, a decentralised social network. I was really busy with the Melbourne Comedy Festival at the time, and didn’t get to take a look. I’ve had a look now, and taken advantage of the recent ChinWag server upgrade and extra resources to […]

    By ChinWag | June 27, 2017

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  • Inactive Account Purges

    ChinWag is coming up on two years old now, so there are a few “I’ll worry about that later” jobs that I now need to start worrying about. Inactive account handling is one that’ll need to be settled soon. I originally thought about never expiring accounts, simply on the basis that it avoids potential impersonation […]

    By ChinWag | January 21, 2017

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  • Swift IM Beta

    A great little chat client, Swift, has a new beta of its upcoming 4.0 release available and I’d encourage all ChinWag users to check it out if you’re looking for a reliable and uncomplicated desktop chat client. Version 4 adds support for message carbons, making it easy to switch between multiple desktop or mobile chats […]

    By ChinWag | August 11, 2016

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  • Service Outage

    Hi everyone, there was a service outage last night of approximately five hours, from 3am to 8am (AEST). This was due to an configuration file error that prevented a restart of Prosody after a scheduled config reload. Human idiocy, basically – the config was not tested after an edit. Apologies to all affected, services have […]

    By ChinWag | August 11, 2016

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