If you’ve ever tried to collaborate on a project without the hassle of video conferencing, you know how much trouble finding a means to get everyone together can be. The problem with traditional instant messaging programs that support group messaging such as Yahoo! and MSN is that once the session is ended, the chat is lost, unless someone thought to copy/paste the chat into some other format. Convore aims to solve this problem by providing users with a quick and easy way to set up a group instant messaging platform for just about any subject under the sun. And it comes with lot of other great features too.
Convore works as a group messaging platform because it functions more as a real-time forum than an instant messaging program. It combines the threaded views and multiple topics of forums with the real-time chat capability and instant notifications of instant messaging programs. Groups set up through Convore can be designated as either public or private, so you can work on small projects with friends, or discuss larger projects with a much broader community. Convore aims to be an IRC replacement that anyone can use.
* Create highly organized groups with multiple topics
* Allow people to join a group with a special password
* Moderate chats after they happen
* Edit/Delete comments and threads as necessary
* Receive notifications when someone creates a new topic
* Direct messages (one on one) supported
* Has an official iPhone app/unofficial Android app
Convore is an open platform that allows you to connect using Facebook and Twitter integration. Once you’ve connected, you can invite friends either personally through email, or send everyone a private URL to get them to sign up. With everyone in the group, you can begin discussing your project, sharing photos, or discussing the merits of any number of things without worry of the conversation being erased or viewed by someone you don’t want to see it.
Additional user features include the ability to star conversations or additions to a conversation thread to let others know you think the information being shared is important. If new information is shared, users are instantly notified via email, or the mobile app if it is installed. Mentions in the vein of Twitter are supported, so if someone references your username directly in conversation using the @ symbol, you are alerted and have the option to be taken to that portion of the thread immediately so you can see what people were talking about when your name was referenced.
Other features that seem to be pulled directly from Twitter include the ability to direct message people. Direct messages function similarly to their counterpart on Twitter, where you can pick a person within the group to hold a private conversation with. These messages are saved on the server for future reference, so if you’re working closely with one particular person in a project, getting their feedback without hassling the whole group is completely possible.
Convore’s official iPhone app supports all the same features as the Convore web app within a sleek interface designed to enhance the mobile experience. While there is currently no official Android app, Convorsation is available from the Android Marketplace. The app is developed and maintained by an avid Convore user and seems to be updated frequently.