Community Chat Room – Our Watercooler

by Cliff Ravenscraft on July 29, 2009

in Blog

If you've had the opportunity to join one of our live shows on, then you've probably seen our Community Chat Room. Our greatest desire is to help people build relationships around shared passions.
Many people tell us that the two most effective tools that we have provided to help establish and build community through relationships has been the Community Forum and the chat room during our live shows.

In recent days, I've spent a great deal of time and energy to find a solution that would further build the usefulness of these two tools.

I'm excited to announce that I've done some revamping of the design of the sidebar in the forum. Since this post is not about the sidebar, you can click here to read more about it.

What I do want to tell you about is the fact that I've included the Live Stream and the Community Chat in the sidebar of the forum. The idea is that when people come to the forum, you can see when other people are logged in and possibly have a live chat with another member of the community.

In fact, there is a good chance that you may actually see me working in my studio and logged into the chat room. You see, as I work from home, I don't have a lot of daily interaction with others in an office environment.

Earlier today, I was talking with some folks from the community in the chat room and I mentioned that I consider the forum to be my own personal watercooler.

Randomly, I see people pop up and I might decide to join them for a little small talk. Other times, I may be too focused on a project and have to pass up on the opportunity this time around. However, I have noticed that it makes my day a little brighter to have some daily interaction in this way with members of the Community.

The purpose of this post is to let you know that this chat room can be your community watercooler as well. Already, there are a handful of people who leave the chat room open all day while they are working and will occasionally pop in for a quick chat.

You're invited to the watercooler! Feel free to stop in as often as you like. If I'm, personally, busy with a project or away from my office, there might be at least someone else around to greet you. To see the chat room in the new sidebar of the forum, why not visit the Community Forum right now?

See you around!

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