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

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.

Mattermost

Mattermost

Web site: mattermost.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: AGPL, Apache 2.0, MIT
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Go, JavaScript
First release: October 2, 2015
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Mattermost – a flexible, open source messaging platform and secure workplace that enables secure team collaboration. To use this app, you need a URL for a Mattermost server. The project is maintained and developed by Mattermost Inc.

Features:
– Discuss topics in private groups, one-to-one or team-wide
– Easily share and view image files
– Connect in-house systems with webhooks and Slack-compatible integrations
– Real-time collaboration on all your devices
– Secure, self-hosted, and scalable messaging
– Communicate seamlessly
– Engineered for demanding requirements
– Accelerate workflows with integrated tools
– Administer with full control over your data

Kik Messenger

Kik Messenger

Web site: kik.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: October 19, 2010
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Kik Messenger – an instant messaging mobile app from the Canadian company Kik Interactive Inc.

Kik is way more than just messaging. It’s the easiest way to connect with your friends, stay in the loop, and explore – all through chat. No phone numbers, just pick a username. Stay in touch with all of your friends on Kik, no matter who you are or what device you’re using. Chat one-on-one, with your whole group, or with a bot.

Features:
• Choose who to chat with one-on-one and in groups
• Share pics, videos, gifs, games, and more
• Meet new friends with similar interests

KakaoTalk

KakaoTalk

Web site: kakaocorp.com/service/KakaoTalk
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, Bada, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia Asha, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: March 18, 2010
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KakaoTalk – a fast & multifaceted messaging app. Send messages, photos, videos, voice notes and your location for free. Make chatting extra fun with an array of emoticons and sticker collections. It is available on iOS, Android, Bada OS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Nokia Asha, Windows and macOS.

Features:
– Speedy & reliable messaging no matter what your network
– Free messages & multimedia (photos, videos, voice notes)
– Free high-quality voice calls (1:1 and group)
– SMS messages (available on certain devices and for +82 users only)
– Emoticones support
– Group chats with an unlimited number of friends
– Plus Friend: Exclusive coupons & deals from your favorite brands
– Voice filter: Fun free calls with Talking Tom & Ben’s voice filters
– Share your location
– See who read your messages (unread count)
– Multitask during free calls (send messages in other chat rooms)
– Schedule appointments, lunches, gatherings (w/ reminders)
– Use KakaoTalk on any smartphone and PC (multi-platform)
– Have even more fun with Kakao mobile games

The application is developed by the Kakao Corporation, a South Korean Internet company that was established in 2010.