Tlk.io: Create a simple online chat that is embeddable

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Yesterday, I was looking for a simple, registration-free chat tool that I could embed in a website and I stumbled upon tlk.io. This is a really simple way to create an online chat room without registration and it can be embedded into a website. Here is how to create an embeddable chat:

Steps:
  1. Go to tlk.io and scroll down to where it says ’embed wizard’.
  2. Give it a complex name in the ‘Channel name’ box. It doesn’t matter what you call it since it will be embedded in your site, so people don’t need to remember the name. The reason for the complex name is that the room is open to anyone without registering, so a simple name may be accessed by someone who guesses your channel name. I gave mine a series of random letters, numbers, and symbols.
  3. If you know the width and height in pixels you would like to use for your site, change the numbers, otherwise leave it alone. If you want to make the width or height the size of the browser window, click on the 100% boxes. Check off border if you want a border around the embedded chat.
  4. Copy the text in the box on the right and paste that in your website. Note, this is a script enabled code, so it won’t work on some sites such as Edmodo.
Anyone who visits your page can now use the chat function by either typing in a name and sending a message. The layout is simple, but nice. I think this would be a a great tool for backchannel discussions or group chats in the classroom.
Feel free to add your comments below, send me a tweet at @nathanghall, or email me using the contact page on this website. Thank you! 

 

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