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E-chat Review December 2018

Despite E-chat's immense popularity, there is a lot of mystery surrounding this particular chat site. Besides being a real-time, free chat service provider with a design so minimalistic that it is almost bare, there is not much information regarding the site. It even says so on their website that E-chat will not be receiving any updates nor will it be actively maintained. Only the huge outcry from the site's members to keep the service up and running kept the equally mysterious developers from totally shutting down the program. In this review, we tested E-chat to see if beneath all the mystery and enigma lies a chat site that lives up to its seeming potential. Read on below to see what we've found out. 

Sign Up Faster Than You Can Say "Registration"

  • Registration process takes less than a minute
  • No personal or financial information is needed upon signing up
  • Joining E-chat is completely free
  • Lax security
  • There's no option for account deactivation
E-chat Registration

One huge strength of E-chat is its no-nonsense, straight up registration process. Signing up does not require any email addresses, personal information, credit card information or any information at all. You just simply have to type in your preferred username, input a secure password and re-type it to confirm the password. Faster than you can say "chat", you now have a fully functioning account where you can go chat to your heart's content. This, however, can be a double-edged sword since having a quick registration with not even a slight vetting can also mean that anyone can create an account. There is little to virtually no security. Of course, there are no questions about your identity or whatsoever but do take extra precaution when talking to others. With no security in the site, you never know when you just might be talking to a scammer or worse!

Contacting Alive and Buzzing Members

  • Members are active and responsive
  • Joining a chatroom is a surefire way of gaining acquaintances
  • Private messages are available and free for all
  • You can send a private message to anyone in your chatroom
  • You can see who's online in real time
E-chat Chatroom

What gives E-chat a slight edge is its active and numerous members. Upon logging in, we have joined several chatrooms and have received 3 private messages in each one on average. With the premise that anyone can meet anyone here, you are bound to have good conversations and some rotten ones. If you've lucked out on a good conversation with someone, your chat history will not be deleted therefore you can go reread your conversation or message the person again. Joining a chatroom and participating in the group conversation is a great way of acquainting yourself with the community. But more about the chatrooms later. By joining one, you will automatically appear online to everybody in that chatroom. They would immediately be sending you private messages (did we already mention E-chat's very eager and active members?) to strike up a conversation with you. You get to see who's online in real time there. 

Go Get a Chat Room!

  • Joining chatrooms is completely free
  • You can embed a chatroom or a chatbox to your own website
  • You can create your own chatroom and personalise it
  • You can invite people to your chatroom
E-chat Chatrooms

Chatrooms are the main highlight of E-chat. What sets E-chat apart from other messengers is the availability of chatrooms. But what are they? These are similar to group chats but with a specific theme. For example, the site has topic-specific group chats about LGBTQ, sex, depression, sports, anime, basically anything under the sun. You get the idea. You can join a bunch of groups and you don't have to pay a single cent for it. You can be talking about anime on one chatroom and about sexual awakenings on the next. E-chat's chatrooms are diverse in topics.

If for some reason, you cannot find a chatroom that caters to your undiscovered interests, you can create your own! It is quite easy. Just click on the "Create new chatroom" option found on the bottom part of the page and name your room. Here's a tip, you will need to invite people to your chatroom, otherwise it will be forever empty! To invite people to your chatroom, you will need to send the link of your chatroom to other members. As a chatroom owner, you will get access to the moderator panel, where you can customise your chatroom. In addition to that, you will be able to kick/ban people and remove messages from the chat. 

The Design and Aesthetic of It All

  • Its simple and clean design makes the navigation easier
  • Most of the functions are located at the bottom of the page
  • The site is not being maintained actively
  • The website has an outdated design
  • The layout of E-chat brings forth nostalgia for old-school chat sites
E-Chat Private Message

Mentioning the old-fashioned functionalities of E-chat, it retains its old-school charms with its simplistic layout. Its outdated design almost takes you on a nostalgic ride where it's 2007 and you've just learned about this cool new chat site. If you'd put E-chat side by side with other instant messaging sites, the design falls woefully short. It is bland with its solid white background and chunky fonts. The design, while simple and easy to navigate (that even a seven-year-old or a seventy-year-old can easily learn in less than 10 minutes), will definitely not attract millennials who have high regards for aesthetic and the overall look. There are only a few buttons you can click on and most of them are located on the bottom part of the page. Although the premise of the chat site is simple, the design could have been better to cope up with today's saturated market.

Special Features

Embeddable E-Chat chatbox

E-chat offers adding chatroom services to your own website. The E-Chat chatbox is an embeddable chat window for your website. It is directly linked to the main system. Please note that you may embed your own chatroom provided you've already created one. You can configure the chatbox depending on the width, border colour, header background colour, language, height, text colour, chatbox type, and users position.

Mobile App Who?

  • There's no mobile app available for this chat site
  • You may still log on to this site via your phone's browser
E-chat on Mobile Browser

Sadly, E-chat does not have any mobile app available which is a bummer for those dedicated chatters who are always on the go. However, you can still log in on E-chat on your mobile phone via your phone's browser. While it does not beat the convenience of having an actual mobile app for this, it is still an alternative. Although, this would dock some points for this review since the market is already filled with dozens of instant messaging apps for both business and pleasure. This, unfortunately, leaves E-chat behind everyone else. 

Field Test

Summer can be a bit boring when you are just at home and having no one else to talk to. So I gave E-chat a try to see if I can find some relief from the lethargy. I love how the site is free but the design is very off-putting.  It has a very old design. Honestly, E-chat looks like an 80s website. I've lucked out on a few good conversations. Though I must say, even if chatrooms have varying niches, most of the content is sexual or has sexual undertones. Well, not that I am complaining. 3 stars for this!" - Male college student, 22.

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Summary

After an in-depth immersion in this chat site, E-chat remains a promising chat site that could have blown into the next big thing if it were 10 years ago. Although it makes navigating easier with its simple to bare layout, E-chat offers nothing exciting or innovative. Although you cannot truly expect major upgrades for a site that is not being actively maintained anymore, E-chat does not stand a chance against its competitors. Other flashier instant messaging sites dazzle people with their heavy marketing, cool features, and services. This chat site simply looks old-fashioned with no hope of ever catching up to messaging sites and apps of today. In the era of Messenger, Viber and Telegram where instant messaging is as instant as it can be, E-chat lags sorely behind feature and design-wise. However, what the site has going for itself are the numerous niched chatrooms and its very active and responsive members. So if you are someone looking to just go and have a chat with random people, it only takes a minute of your time to sign up in E-chat.

FAQ

Usability

How do I sign up?

Signing up is quick and easy. No email addresses are needed. You will only have to provide a username and a password. Then you are good to go.

How do I create a chatroom?

To create a chatroom, you will only have to click on the "Create new chatroom" option found at the bottom of the page. You will be directed to a page where you can name your own chatroom. After creating the chatroom, you will have access to a moderator's panel where you can customise your own chat group.

How can I send invites to other members to join my chatroom?

Every chatroom has its own specific number. To invite members, you will need to send the link to e-chat website with your room number. 

Can I customise my own chatroom?

As a chatroom owner, you will have access to the moderator panel, where you can customise your chatroom. In addition, you will be able to kick/ban people and remove messages from the chat.

How can I join a chatroom?

You can join a chatroom by simply clicking on the chatroom that best interests you. By clicking on a chatroom, you automatically gain access to the group chat. You can join in on the group conversation, respond to a private message from other members of the chatroom or send out your own personal message.

Can I block people from contacting me?

No, the site does not have that feature. The most blocking you can do is blocking people from joining in the chatroom you've created. 

Cost

Are there any fees?

E-chat is completely free for everyone.

Facts

What is a chatroom?

A chatroom is basically a group chat with a specific theme. In E-chat, there are a huge number of chatrooms with different niches such as sex-related ones, LGBTQ+ ones, and sports ones to name a few. You may join any of the chatrooms that pique your interest.

Is there a mobile app?

No, E-chat does not have a mobile app.

Do the chatrooms require plugins?

No, they do not.

Is E-chat being maintained?

Until further notice, E-chat will not be receiving any updates. The developers does not maintain the site actively, too. They opted to keep the site running instead of shutting it down permanently due to popular demand.

Can I create my own chatroom?

Yes, you most certainly can.

My chatroom is always empty. How do I fix this?

Your chatroom will remain empty forever unless you send invites to other members. 

Deactivation

Can I deactivate my account?

No, you can't. You can only log out of the website.

How can I delete my account?

There are no options available for deleting one's account. One can only log in and out of the website. 

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