For more than a year, I’ve used Discord as my go-to tool for communicating with my gamer friends. I used to use Skype, I switched to Discord because it has less delay to get speech across (important for time-sensitive games) and has some other features I like.
For those of you who are familiar with Slack, Discord shares many feature such as:
- Invite only messaging communities (slack: teams, discord: servers)
- Multiple text channels for different topics
- Emoji reactions for messages
- Complex search features for messages
- Compatibility with bots
Slack has some features that I wish Discord had:
- Threaded replies (the ability to reply to a message directly outside of main channels)
- Opt-in topic channels (in discord you are by default in every channel)
Discord costs nothing to use and has some features designed specifically for gamers:
- Low latency voice chat
- Now playing feature (displays what game you have open)
Next week I intend to blog about something I’d like to change about Discord and my plan to do so.