WeChat

WeChat

Web site: wechat.com/en/
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, Web client
License: Freeware, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: January 21, 2011
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WeChat – a messaging and social media app, a lifestyle for over one billion users across the world. Chat and make calls with friends, read news and use local services in Official Accounts and Mini Programs, play fun games with friends, enjoy mobile payment features with WeChat Pay, and much more.

Why do over one billion people use WeChat?
– MORE WAYS TO CHAT: Message friends using text, photo, voice, video, location sharing, and more. Create group chats with up to 500 members.
– VOICE & VIDEO CALL: High-quality voice and video calls to anywhere in the world. Make group video calls with up to 9 people.
– REAL-TIME LOCATION: Not good at explaining directions? Share your real-time location with the press of a button.
– MOMENTS: Share your favorite moments. Post photos, videos, and more to your Moments stream.
– TIME CAPSULE (NEW!): Share glimpses of your day. Record short videos to post in your Time Capsule before they disappear in 24 hours.
– STICKER GALLERY: Browse thousands of fun, animated stickers to help express yourself in chats, including stickers with your favorite cartoon and movie characters.
– CUSTOM STICKERS: Make chatting more unique with custom stickers and the new Selfie Stickers feature.
– OFFICIAL ACCOUNTS: Tons of accounts to follow with original content and news for your reading pleasure.
– MINI PROGRAMS: Countless third-party services all within the WeChat app that don’t require additional installation, saving you precious phone storage and time.
– TOP STORIES: See the latest articles your friends are reading and discover all kinds of interesting content.
– GAMES: Have fun and compete with friends in a huge selection of WeChat Mini Games and Tencent Games (*only available in certain regions).
– WECHAT PAY: Enjoy the convenience of world-leading mobile payment features with WeChat Pay and Wallet (*only available in certain regions).
– WECHAT OUT: Make calls to mobile phones and landlines around the globe at super low rates (*only available in certain regions).
– LANGUAGE SUPPORT: Localized in 20 different languages and can translate friends’ messages and Moments posts.
– BETTER PRIVACY: Giving you the highest level of control over your privacy, WeChat is the only messaging app to be certified by TRUSTe.
– AND MUCH MORE: Exercise with friends on WeRun, scan QR codes, and much more.

Trillian

Trillian

Web site: trillian.im
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freemium, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: July 1, 2000
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Trillian – a free and easy to use instant messaging that works on your desktop and phone. It supports IM services such as: AIM, Bonjour, Facebook Messenger, Google Talk (Hangouts), IRC, XMPP (Jabber), VZ, and Yahoo! Messenger. It also supports social networking sites, such as Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, and Twitter; email services, such as POP3 and IMAP.

Goals:
– Simple Instant Messaging – Trillian keeps instant messaging simple by not reinventing the wheel or trying to sell you something you don’t need. Advertise your status, send messages to your contacts, and synchronize seamlessly between devices.
– Persistent Group Messaging – Group chats persist on the server so friends who are offline can always catch up easily. You can also assign operator status to groups to help with member management and control topics and permissions.
– File and Image Sharing – Send and receive pictures, files, screen captures, or anything you like. Share documents and spreadsheets in group conversations. Large files can be sent using peer-to-peer technology to ensure maximum speed and efficiency.
– Game Chat – Chat directly in full-screen games using Trillian’s powerful game chat overlay compatible with dozens of OpenGL and Direct3D applications. If you’ve used overlays before in Steam or Discord then you’ll appreciate being able to keep the conversation going in Trillian as well.
– Message History – Messages are stored on your computer so you always have a copy of your past conversations. Our powerful message history viewer comes equipped with searching and filters so you can track down previous chats at a moment’s notice.
– Themes and Emoticons – Themes – including light and dark – and emoticons powered by our friends at JoyPixels let your personalize Trillian any way you’d like. Change colors to suit your particular mood, and always have the right emoji on hand to express what you’re feeling.

It is created by Cerulean Studios.

Tencent QQ

Tencent QQ

Web site: imqq.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: February 1999
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Tencent QQ – an instant messaging software service and web portal developed by the Chinese company Tencent.

Goals:
– Multicommunication – video calls, voice messages, texting with heaps of fun emoticons.
– Live translation – QQ comes with a built-in translator for all your chats. The automatic translation will sort your problems out when you need to overcome cultural distances.
– A global messenger – The most popular personal communications app in history: over 1,000,000,000 registered users across 80+ countries.
– Find friends online – Find and add friends from your phone contacts or link third party accounts. Use the location-based discovery functions to find QQ users in your surroundings and make new friends.
– Share what matters – Don’t keep your best moments for yourself: sharing is caring, and Qzone makes it easier to share multimedia content with people you care about.
– QQ is available for Android, iOS/iPhone, Win, Mac, Web… and offers multi-device login and cross-platform integration.

Surespot

Surespot

Web site: surespot.me
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS
License: GPLv3
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: 2013 ?
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Surespot – a mobile messaging application that secures all messages using end-to-end encryption for every text, image and voice message returning your right to privacy. Surespot uses your mobile data plan and Wi-Fi so you don’t get texting charges, especially important for those friends in other countries.

Features:
– surespot is not associated with your phone number or email
– send voice messages when your hands or eyes are too busy to text
– multiple identities on a single device to keep matters separated
– free messenger with no advertising and open source clients
– your identity is portable, transfer your secure conversations to other devices
– uses 256 bit AES-GCM encryption using keys created with 521 bit ECDH*

Not all encryption is equal. Most messengers provide encryption during message transport using SSL but messages return to an unencrypted form once they reach the server. Other messengers use End-to-End Encryption but store the decryption keys on their servers for ease of use. In either case you would have to trust the server implicitly which has proven problematic when any server operator can be compelled by court order to turn over some or all of the messages and/or keys. Ideally you would not need to trust the server operator- enter surespot, odd for us to promote that you do not need to trust us but it is true!

Data sent using surespot is End-to-End Encrypted with symmetric-key encryption (256 bit AES-GCM) using keys created with 521 bit ECDH shared secret derivation. All that means our servers do not see or hold your keys and the messages you send are encrypted by your device so protected during the entire transport to the receiver, who is the only one who can decrypt the message.

Surespot also enables users to verify the public key fingerprint of friends offline which adds another layer of protection by revealing any MITM attacks.
Every line of the client code used in surespot is made available for inspection / scrutiny and for other developers to contribute to. Linus’s law states, “Given enough eyeballs all bugs are shallow.”

Snapchat

Snapchat

Web site: snapchat.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Unknown
First release: September 2011
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Snapchat – a fast and fun way to share the moment with friends and family. Snapchat opens right to the camera, so you can send a Snap in seconds! Just take a photo or video, add a caption, and send it to your best friends and family. Express yourself with Filters, Lenses, Bitmojis, and all kinds of fun effects.

SNAP:
• Snapchat opens right to the camera. Tap to take a photo, or press and hold for video.
• Add a Lens or Filter to your photo — new ones are added every day! Change the way you look, dance with your 3D Bitmoji, and discover games you can play with your face.
• Create your own Filters to add to photos and videos — or try out Lenses made by our community

CHAT:
• Stay in touch and Chat with friends with live messaging, or share your day with Group Stories.
• Video Chat with up to 16 friends at once. You can even use Filters and Lenses!
• Express yourself with Friendmojis — exclusive Bitmojis made just for you and a friend.

STORIES:
• Watch friends’ Stories to see their day unfold.
• Watch Stories from the Snapchat community, based on your interests.
• Explore new perspectives from top creators.

DISCOVER:
• Watch breaking news and exclusive Original Shows.
• Keep up to date with Stories from top publishers.
• Enjoy a curated feed — made to fit your phone.

SNAP MAPS:
• See where your friends are hanging out, if they’ve shared their location with you.
• Share your location with your best friends, or go off the grid with Ghost Mode.
• Discover live Stories from the community nearby, or across the world

MEMORIES:
• Look back on Snaps you’ve saved with free cloud storage.
• Edit and send old moments to friends, or save them to your Camera Roll.
• Create Stories from your favorite memories to share with friends and family.

FRIENDSHIP PROFILE:
• Every friendship has its own special profile to see the moments you’ve saved together.
• Discover new things you have in common with Charms. See how long you’ve been friends, your astrological compatibility, your Bitmojis’ fashion sense, and more
• Friendship Profiles are just between you and a friend, so you can bond over what makes your friendship special.

Slack

Slack

Web site: slack.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++, JavaScript
First release: August 2013
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Slack – a communication platform which offers IRC style features, including persistent chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.

Slack brings team communication and collaboration into one place so you can get more work done, whether you belong to a large enterprise or a small business. Сheck off your to-do list and move your projects forward by bringing the right people, conversations, tools, and information you need together. Slack is available on any device, so you can find and access your team and your work, whether you’re at your desk or on the go.

Use Slack to:
• Сommunicate with your team and organize your conversations by topics, projects, or anything else that matters to your work
• Message or call any person or group within your team
• Share and edit documents and collaborate with the right people all in Slack
• Integrate into your workflow, the tools and services you already use including Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk, and more
• Еasily search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team’s past conversations and files
• Сustomize your notifications so you stay focused on what matters

IM+ Instant Messenger

IM+

Web site: shape.ag
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Windows Phone
License: Proprietary, Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Unknown
First release: June 2014
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IM+ Instant Messenger (previously: Sicher) – an all-in-one app for messaging, social networking, and crypto. It lets you chat on Telegram, Google Talk and Messenger while checking your Facebook and Twitter feeds and Coinbase exchange rates. IM+ supports multiple accounts per service and saves you a lot of time and space on your iPhone and iPad.

IM+ supports following services: Twitter, Google Talk, Telegram, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Skype, Tinder, Coinbase, Binance, Jabber, LinkedIn, Gmail, ChatWork, ICQ, VKontakte, Mail.Ru Agent, Odnoklassniki, Gadu-Gadu, SINA Weibo, Renren. On iPad IM+ supports additionally WhatsApp, WeChat, and Slack.

Features:
– Multiple accounts per service
– Push notifications in Google Talk, Gmail, Twitter DMs, and Jabber
– Create personal and geo statuses
– P2P encrypted messaging
– Bitcoin, Ether and other coin exchange rates
– No disturbing push in web services. Check your updates when you want them.

Element

Riot

Web site: element.io
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows, Web client
License: Apache
Interface: GUI
Programing language: JavaScript, OjectiveC, Swift, Java, Kotlin
First release: 2016
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Element (previously: Vector and Riot) – a Matrix web client built using the Matrix React SDK. Matrix is an open network for secure, decentralized communication, connecting 18M+ users over 45K+ deployments.

Element is officially supported on the web in modern versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Other browsers may work, however official support is not provided.

Element has several tiers of support for different environments:
– Definition: Issues actively triaged, regressions block the release
– Last 2 major versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari on desktop OSes
– Latest release of official Element Desktop app on desktop OSes
– Desktop OSes means macOS, Windows, and Linux versions for desktop devices that are actively supported by the OS vendor and receive security updates

RetroShare

RetroShare

Web site: retroshare.cc
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP, P2P Clients, Forums
Platform: Android, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: 2006
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RetroShare – an open-source peer-to-peer communication and file sharing application.

Retroshare establish encrypted connections between you and your friends to create a network of computers, and provides various distributed services on top of it: forums, channels, chat, mail… Retroshare is fully decentralized, and designed to provide maximum security and anonymity to its users beyond direct friends. Retroshare is entirely free and open-source software. It is available on Android, Linux, MacOS and Windows.

Features:
– Chat – Send text and images. Discuss with various people in chat rooms. Express your emotions with the rich smiley set. Use distant chat to securely chat with friends-of-friends.
– Voice and Video – Make free and secure calls with the VoIP plugin. Catch up face to face with a video call.
– Mail – Send encrypted messages to other members of the network. Retroshare can store encrypted messages on friends nodes to deliver messages while you’re offline.
– File sharing – Share files with your friends or with the whole network. Use the search to find files. Retroshare uses swarming similar to BitTorrent, to accelerate the download. This makes it possible to share big files with 1GB or more. Your privacy is protected with anonymous tunnels. Only your direct friends might learn which files you download.
– Forums – you can read and write forum posts offline. This is perfect while you’re on the go. When you have an Internet connection, Retroshare will automatically sync forums with your friends. Decentralized forums are censorship resistant by design.
– Posted – Share your favorite links. See which links others like. Vote and discuss links.
– Channels – Publish files in channels. Subscribe to channels and automatically download the latest files. Comment on files and spread them to your friends.
– Protect your IP with Tor/I2P – Need to hide from Internet surveillance? Can’t connect to your friends because of censorship? Need to bypass nasty firewalls? Use Retroshare over Tor to hide the connection between you and your friends.

Paltalk

Paltalk

Web site: paltalk.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, web browser
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: June 1998
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Paltalk – a global video chat community application with chat rooms and the ability for users to create their own public virtual chat room. Whether you want to live chat anonymously about politics, sports, lifestyle, health, sing karaoke or simply chill out. Relieve your boredom while making new friends from around the world. Talk Sports, Gaming, Sing Karaoke, watch live music & DJ’s – Live chat anonymously about any subject you can think of; from animals to elections.

Paltalk allows users to quickly and easily find other users live chatting about a broad range of subjects with strangers and friends:
* Talk politics: Biden or Trump?
* Talk health issues; Share tips on how to stay healthy.
* Learn a new language with other users.

Features:
– Unlimited Video Cams – Browse through Paltalk’s 5,000+ public chat rooms and join the conversation.
– Public Group Chat Rooms – Browse through Paltalk’s 5,000+ public chat rooms and join the conversation.
– Conversations – Video chat and message your friends and family privately and instantly, outside of chat rooms. Video chat while you text, text while you video chat.
– MediaPal – Post YouTube and SoundCloud clips in chatrooms so everyone can watch and listen together.
– Cross-Platform – Access Paltalk on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Kindle.
– Gifts and Stickers – Send a gift to break the ice with a new pal or an entire chatroom. Use our fun collection of stickers to communicate with friends.