Mic WrightReporter, TNW
Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy. Mic Wright is a journalist specialising in technology, music and popular culture. He lives in Dublin. He is on Twitter at @brokenbottleboy.
There’s no shortage of ways to chat anonymously or otherwise online but Hack.chat is a really great new addition to the mix. Plus, it plays nice with code and even LaTeX markup.
The site lets you create your own instant and disposable chat channel, simply by adding ? and the name you want to use at the end of the URL. For instance hack.chat/?the-next-web.
I can definitely see myself using this to set up a quick and dirty – emphasis on dirty – back channel at an event or just for throwing shade in secret on a day-to-day basis.
Sure we’ve got group DMs now and Twitter is about to relax the 140 character limit on those private messages, but a disappearing chat channel with MS DOS-style aesthetics is even better.
Hack.chat was built by Andrew Belt, a mathematics and physics student at the University of Tennessee, who says its servers don’t save any chat records. That’s reassuring but, as ever, act with caution.
Or you know, talk about your drug use, weird sex habits and that body you buried in the woods…
Update: I’ve been really enjoying seeing readers pop up in The Next Web room
➤ Hack.chat [Source on GitHub]
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