The popular ‘chat rooms’ from yesteryears seem to be on a comeback path with Facebook leading the way. The social media giant is said to be testing a new feature called ‘Host Chats’, which will allow users to set up chat rooms for friends to chat and discuss about a particular topic, TechCrunch reports. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
Citing a source, the report says that the ‘Host Chat’ button will be visible on top of the status update bar besides the Add Videos/Photo button. Once a user sets up a room, his/her friend can join in the conversation without the need for an invitation. Facebook will also offer privacy settings on the room, which should allow the room admin to set restrictions on how many people can join in. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg
In terms of functionality, the Host Chat feature sounds quite similar to the Group Chats, except that in this case the chat rooms will be promoted on a user’s News Feed and just about anyone will be allowed to join. For now the version being tested is only compatible with the browser-based Facebook and only supports text. But it won’t be too much to expect that it starts rolling out the feature, it could include stickers and emoji and also be available on the mobile platforms.
It’s not clear if or when Facebook will finally roll out this service to its 1.1 billion odd users. But this Host Chats could surely give a boost to its fight against the likes of Google Hangouts and social messaging services like WhatsApp and BlackBerry Messenger among others.