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                                                                     is group chat using the web, im, email or phone.

Pages Edited and Ideas Adapted by: Megan Ruder, Jim Herman, Aimee Wright, Lauren Mattingly, Colin Mills, Kara Fletcher, Jensine Holmgren, Madelene Iivari Konttaniemi and Elisabeth Karlström.

What are the uses of Chatterous? What does it do?">What are the uses of Chatterous? What does it do?

The purpose of Chatterous is to allow users to reach as many people as they want at the same time, no matter where they are. Chatterous provides an easy way for users to communicate with any number of their friends as long as they belong to the same group on Chatterous.

Chatterous members can coordinate  plans easier than ever, by putting the information they need everyone to see in one, specific place. Members can also create public or private rooms to talk with whoever they want.

No installation needed

You don't have to install any software! Just use your existing im client, email or phone

We’ve added a new option for SMS: The ability to prevent getting SMS messages from particular groups (you can find this under the group settings section)

If you’re an avid Chatterous user, you may have noticed that some of your groups are more ‘chatty’ than others. This can be a problem if you use your primary contact for all your groups. What happens when you switch to SMS? You don’t want to be bombarded with a bunch of messages. You could ignore the group, but this just means you don’t get messages on any of your other channels either.

Now you can chose to exclude getting SMS messages for those groups! No more fiddling around with group specific contacts or forgetting you ignored a certain group. Yay!

Who uses Chatterous?">Who uses Chatterous?

Chatterous’ main demographic is that of the young adult.  Typically, this type of technology is only learned by younger generations; although, it is possible for all ages to learn how to use Chatterous.

About the Application">About the Application
  • Title of Application: Chatterous
  • Owned by: A Thinking Ape, Inc.
  • Created By: Wilkins Chung
  • Date Site was Published: 2008
  • Chatterous was created as a place for private group chats.

Chatterous is a Web 2.0 social network...">Chatterous is a Web 2.0 social network...

  •  ...that allows one to talk to all their friends and family even if they do not use chatterous2
  •  ...that is compatible with many other forms of communication i.e. texting, email, IM4
  •  ...that can be used in schools and businesses for better communication 

I. History">I. History

I.1 Development">    I.1 Development

The idea for Chatterous was born from an easily relatable situation. Wilkins Chung, a co-founder, says that he would often send out e-mails to friends about getting together for happy hour on the weekends. Some people would never get his message because they had already left work or weren’t checking their e-mail, so he’d have to call them or send text messages. “I became the aggregation point, and it’s really hard,” he says. He decided, "Why not create something apt to handle these different communication mediums automatically?" He met his friend, Arasaki, at happy hours and the two started talking about possibilities. Chatterous was born. 1

    I.2 How Chatterous works:

Create a Chat Room

Monitor by IM, Email, and SMS

Chatterous is a web tool that allows users to communicate with friends through different mediums, including email, jabber/gtalk, and twitter.  The following is a step-by-step list of how to use Chatterous. 7

Here is a video that further explains how to create, or join, an existing Chatterous group:

    I.3 Getting more out of the application

How can I join groups?

There are many ways to join a Chatterous group:

  • You can be invited by the group creator or any member of a group.
  • If you know the group passcode and shortname, you can join from jabber/google talk, email, phone or the web.
    • by email
      send @join <passcode> in the body to <group shortname>
    • by jabber/google talk
      add <group shortname> to your buddylist and send @join <passcode>
    • by web
      Navigate to the group url (<group shortname>) and enter the passcode
    • by phone
      Text CHTR JOIN <group shortname> <passcode> to 41411

 This is a feedback page that Chatterous has to offer.

General Terms of Use and Conditions of Chatterous: Attained from Chatterous Website    (as found on Chatterous' FAQ/Terms of Use)11

  • Users must be 13 years or older to use this service.
  • User must agree to keep his/her password secure.
  • User is solely responsible for any activity that occurs under his/her screen name and account.
  • User must agree not to engage in any illegal or unauthorized conduct and agree to comply with all local laws that may be applicable to him/her regarding acceptable online conduct, behavior and content usage.
  • Chatterous administrators may, but have no obligation to, remove Content and accounts containing Content that we consider in our sole discretion being unlawful, offensive, threatening, obscene or otherwise objectionable or violate any party's intellectual property rights. While Chatterous prohibits such Content on the site, you understand and agree that the Content posted on Chatterous by its users is not necessarily reviewed by Chatterous and Chatterous cannot be held responsible for this Content.
  • User must agree to indemnify, defend and hold Chatterous harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, losses and expenses (including but not limited to reasonable legal fees) relating to any acts by user, including but not limited to any content submitted by user, in connection with using Chatterous, resulting in claims against us by other users or third parties.
  • User must agree not to modify, adapt or hack the Chatterous Service, transmit any worms or viruses or any code of a destructive nature.
  • User must agree not to modify another website so as to falsely imply that it is associated with the Chatterous Service.
  • User must agree not to send any unsolicited commercial messages (i.e. "Spam") to any Chatterous users.

Allows main user to send info to other users through many forms of technology (phone, twitter, email)

To reset your password and/or username they send you an email, but it is not received for sometimes days.

Ability to make groups public or private

If the group is private, it’s hard for friends to find easily.

Able to email and receive response from support staff with ease

If the group is public, anyone may join and see your information.

Many ways to communicate (i.e. email, phone, twitter)

If group is not used for 90 days, it is automatically deleted

Extremely easy to navigate

Takes some time to receive conformation email to join website

Simple premise that almost anyone can understand


Allows group leader to create a group passcode to make group even more private


 I.4 Policies (as found on Chatterous's Terms of Service)


By posting information or content to, or otherwise causing content to be displayed on Chatterous you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to A Thinking Ape an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully-paid, worldwide license to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such information and content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such information and content, and to grant and authorize sub-licenses of the foregoing.

No information or content of any kind that you submit to A Thinking Ape, upload, post, cause to be displayed or performed, transmit or otherwise make available using Chatterous shall be deemed confidential or secret information.


    A Thinking Ape reserves the right to terminate a group, remove users from a group and/or limit the number of group members if A Thinking Ape determines in its sole discretion that not doing so could adversely affect Chatterous, A Thinking Ape, or its users.



    In addition to any other use restrictions set forth in this Agreement, you may not engage in or facilitate the posting, modification, distribution, reproduction of any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information belonging to others without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. It is the policy of A Thinking Ape to terminate all privileges of any user who repeatedly infringes the copyright rights of others upon receipt of prompt notification to Company by the copyright owner or the copyright owner's legal agent.

    A Thinking Ape respects your desire for privacy. A Thinking Ape's Privacy Policy can be found at By using Chatterous, you are consenting to the terms of our Privacy Policy. 

  1. A Thinking Ape, Inc. (A Thinking Ape) owns and operates (Chatterous).
    By accessing and using Chatterous, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THESE TERMS OF USE, DO NOT USE CHATTEROUS IN ANY MANNER. A Thinking Ape reserves the right to limit or terminate your access to Chatterous if you do not comply with these Terms of Use.
  • Cookies

    A Thinking Ape may use cookies on Chatterous. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer's hard drive by our servers to identify your computer to our servers.  No personally identifiable information stored in the A Thinking Ape cookies will be shared with outside companies for any purpose without your permission. You can also disable cookies or otherwise manage them through tools provided with your browser software and with third-party software packages, or not use the features that require cookies.

We and our advertisers may use third-party companies to serve ads when you visit Chatterous. These third-party ad-serving companies may also place cookies on your computer. Sometimes these cookies may be used to provide targeted advertising to you. These advertising companies may also use web beacons to help manage and optimize our online advertising.
To the extent that A Thinking Ape allows advertisers or other third parties to use cookies or web beacons on Chatterous, A Thinking Ape will require that they agree to adopt a substantially similar privacy policy with respect to your information. Some third-party ad serving companies have agreed to allow users to opt-out of receiving targeted advertising.

You must be at least 13 to use Chatterous. If A Thinking Ape discovers through reliable means that you are younger than 13, Chatterous will cancel your account.

A Thinking Ape reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, update, add, or remove portions of the Terms of Use at any time, with or without notice to you. Please check these Terms of Use periodically for changes. Your continued use of Chatterous after the posting of any changes to the Terms of Use means that you have accepted those changes.


Content You Post to Chatterous

You may post and share comments and content with other users through Chatterous. By using Chatterous, you agree not to upload, post, transmit, cause the display or performance of, or otherwise make available any content that:

    1. is harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, vulgar, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise offensive or discriminatory
    2. is obscene, pornographic, excessively violent or harmful to minors or depicts minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct or in a sexually explicit manner
    3. is illegal
    4. is tortuous, defamatory, libelous or invasive of another's privacy or publicity rights
    5. infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of any party
    6. you do not have a right to make available under law or contractual or fiduciary relationships
    7. includes copyrighted materials for which you do not possess appropriate rights to so display, perform or otherwise make available
    8. bears any false, disguised or misleading origin
    9. contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to destroy, interrupt or otherwise limit the functionality of any computer software, computer hardware or other equipment.

Prohibited Activities

You may not use Chatterous to do any of the following:

  1. harass or advocate harassment of another person or entity
  2. perform any activities that violate, intentionally or unintentionally, any applicable state, local, federal, or international laws or regulations promulgated by governmental agencies that have the force of law
  3. provide resources to or otherwise support any organization(s) designated by the United States government as a foreign terrorist organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
  4. impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent in any way your affiliation with a person or entity
  5. transmit unsolicited mass mailings or spam
  6. collect or store any information about other users or members, other than in the normal course of using Chatterous for their intended purpose of facilitating voluntary communication among users
  7. transmit any virus, worm, defect, Trojan horse or similar destructive or harmful

II. How Chatterous relates to other applications">II. How Chatterous relates to other applications

   II.1 Comparison to Competitors">    II.1 Comparison to Competitors

Chatterous is a communications service that aims to allow groups of friends to stay in contact with each other synchronously through any communications channel. Whether a group member communicates via email services like GMail, their IM accounts, or micro-blogging services like Twitter, all communications are aggregated at one level for the group. Chatterous can be closely related to the application, Twitter, however it is said to be easier to use and more convenient. Unlike Twitter, Chatterous offers the ability to connect to a large group of people with the single click of a button, rather than having to send a message to each group member personally.8 The most significant difference between the two applications is that Chatterous is compatible with more applications and tends to be more convenient. People who receive messages through Chatterous do not have to become members of the service in order to respond.10

   II.2 Unique Uses

When using Chatterous, you do not have to change your means of communication in order to communicate with your friends.  You can use your existing e-mail, cell phone number, Twitter account, etc.  If one member of the conversation has an active Chatterous account, the respondent does not. 

 Another feature that makes Chatterous unique is their chat widget.  Rather than integrating all your communication tools, Chatterous lets you choose one method. They integrate email, instant messaging, or SMS text messaging.  You can participate in a chat with people using other methods, so you have multiple channels leading into one conversation. The chat widget is just another aspect of that strategy, adding another way users can watch and participate in the conversation. If the chat widget is added to your blog, visitors can read and participate in the conversation on-site. However, people do not have to visit your site in order to contribute.  Most of the chat participants can still be emailing, IMing, etc.5

 Another new feature is we’ve added a new option for SMS: The ability to prevent getting SMS messages from particular groups (you can find this under the group settings section)

If you’re an avid Chatterous user, you may have noticed that some of your groups are more ‘chatty’ than others. This can be a problem if you use your primary contact for all your groups. What happens when you switch to SMS? You don’t want to be bombarded with a bunch of messages. You could ignore the group, but this just means you don’t get messages on any of your other channels either.

Now you can chose to exclude getting SMS messages for those groups! No more fiddling around with group specific contacts or forgetting you ignored a certain group. Yay!

Two new features: Message delete and disabling guest sending

We just wanted to let you know that we’ve released two new features: The ability to delete messages from groups and disabling the ability for guests to send messages in public groups.

To delete a message from a group, you must be the group owner or a group admin.  You can delete by clicking on the ‘delete’ link next to the message in the group history.

To disable the ability for guests to send messages in a public group, go to your group member settings page.

Chatterous can also be used for more than just person to person communication. Some websites have set it up so that when their site goes down, the monitoring service contacts the Chatterous group and everyone receives an alert through their selected medium.  Others have created a system where group members receive instant notifications about deals on Amazon.  Options like these allow for Chatterous to be used and implemented among programs all over the internet.5 

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III. Real World Application">III. Real World Application

III.1 Educational Lesson Plans">    III.1 Educational Lesson Plans

This is Emily Allen's lesson plan that has to do with my theme, holidays.">This is Emily Allen's lesson plan that has to do with my theme, holidays.




Chatterous: The Teacher

 I.Elementary">        I. Elementary

  • Spelling Lesson
    • The students are going to have a take home spelling test.
    • Teacher will orally present spelling words to students while having them type the correct spelling of the word into a private chatterous chat room.
    •  Spelling Lesson.docx
    • Spelling lesson.pdf
  • Online Storytelling
    • The students are going to create their own stories online
    •  Students will each add a paragraph to a given story which will be posted on Chatterous. After each student their portion, there will be a full story. 
    •  Online Storytelling.docx
    • Online Storytelling.pdf
  •  Science Disccusion and Observation
    • The students are observing and recording the weather conditions of a thunderstorm.
    • Students will learn to work on their obeservation skills, discussion skills, and their scientific knowledge of weather during their assignment.
    •  Science Discussion.docx
    • Science Discussion.pdf
  •  Astronomy group feedback

II. Secondary">        II. Secondary

  • Calculus Rocks** Students will learn derivative functions
    • Students will demonstrate how to derivate various functions using the knowledge they obtained in class. Students will communicate their answers to other students in the class via Chatterous and discuss how hey obtained those answers. 
    • Calculus Rocks.docx
    • Calculus Rocks.pdf
  • Role-Play
    • Students are going to be role playing 
    • Teaching the students how to create a role-play about The Crucible via Chatterous 
    • Role-Play.docx
    • Role Play.pdf
  • Group Discussion 
    • Students are going to discuss The Great Gatsby
    • This is to engage the students in a group discussion on The Great Gatsby in Chatterous to help teach each other and understand what is going on during it. 
    • Group Discussion.docx
    • Group Discussion.pdf
  • Online Discussion - History

III. Post Secondary">        III. Post Secondary

  • History** Essentially this is about History tutoring and learning
    • The students will learn how to use Chatterous by using it as a way to receive and give History tutoring. Each student will be assigned History homework in which they must then receive or give History help through Chatterous. 
    • History.docx
    • History.pdf
  • Current Event
    • Current Events assignment
    • Students will research a current event (within the past 5 years) and post it to the designated Chatterous group page.
    • Current Event.docx
    • Current Event.pdf
  • Biology 
    • Building an Ecosystem that consists of many plants and animals
    • The students will create an ecosystem comprised of a variety of plants, insects, and small aquatic mammals. Then they will monitor their ecosystem and post any and all notable changes/interactions in the Chatterous chat room. 
    • Biology.docx
    • Biology.pdf
  • Music
    • The students will learn about different music genres and also explore their cultural heritage by using Chatterous.
    • Music
  • Second language
    • The pupils will use the program chatterous and write a short story. The students will work in groups using a web 2.0 tool (Chatterous).
    • Second language.pdf
  • Seasons
  • FFA(Blake Nash Project 2)

III.2 Business/Industry">    III.2 Business/Industry

  1. At this point, Chatterous only supports Google Talk, but other instant messaging services will hopefully be added in the near future to further communication between companies. The company that created Chatterous plans to market the platform to other organizations or sell versions of the service to corporations. Corporations will need to address different and new ways of communication systems as people are continually joining the work force. Chatterous is designed to help and/or change company’s communications. It can potentially bridge all communication channels altogether.  One would be able to talk to their boss who uses e-mail through their IM window and it is visible to both people. The boss would see his employee's messages in his e-mail inbox, while the employee would see it in his IM window.10
  2. While using Chatterous, each group gets its own email, IM, and phone contacts. Messaging that group in an automated fashion is fairly straightforward. More and more companies are using Chatterous as a service monitoring system, sending out an e-mail, IM or text message alert when something goes wrong, or when company-wide information needs to be delivered.5

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IV. Demonstration of Educational Value">IV. Demonstration of Educational Value

Some brief examples include:">Some brief examples include:
  • On the website, you can find directions on how to use Chatterous with instant messaging, which is already being used in an educational setting.  
  • Every group that is created comes with an instant messaging 'bot'. By sending a message to this bot, you are sending a message to the entire the group. When any member of the group sends you a message, the bot will forward that message to you.  For example, lets say you created a group called 'funtimes'. This group will have a bot called ''. By adding this bot to your jabber or google talk friends list, you can talk to the group.  Only Jabber and Google Talk are supported, but MSN, AIM and other instant messaging network support is coming soon.
  •  According to Scott Snyder's blog based off of his classroom experience, chatterous can be very beneficial inside the classroom. He states that the sites are password protected to create privacy in the classroom discussion. They allow for flexibility, giving the students the opportunity to post when convenient for them. Through out his blog, he notes that he and multiple teachers in his building utilize the program for "Socratic Seminars," which provides students the ability to have simultaneous, parallel discussions. It also stores the class conversation, which allows teachers to go back and review the discussions.3
  • Chatterous has been said to be very beneficial when working on class projects.  Some people may need to only contact their group for a short period of time, but they may not want to deal with giving out their email address or telephone number.  In this case, the group can simply create their own group on Chatterous and contact each other through that particular group.  It is beneficial because all communication can be seen by all group members, so nobody is left in the dark.  9
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V. How Chatterous is used Internationally">V. How Chatterous is used Internationally

Chatterous in other Countries:">Chatterous in other Countries:

 Chatterous is used in the following countries as a messaging system for people and corporations: Japan, Canada, and the United States. Each country uses Chatterous in many ways. Many times it is used to allow systems to interact with each other. Each Country has the opportunity to use Chatterous to its full extent, whether it be for job or fun.12

Through an international perspective, Chatterous can be a good tool to use when you want to communicate with other people. Chatterous could be a better option to use, especially compared with other similar programs, because of its versitility with other social networking mediums.

International Extent:">International Extent:

Chatterous was not designed  for exclusive use in the United States. In fact, the most frequent users of the website are from Japan and Canada. The fact that Chatterous is based on instant messaging allows access to anyone who has internet access around the globe.  Chatterous can come in handy if you are trying to communicate with someone on the other side of the globe. For example, if you were trying to communicate with a cousin in Japan, the two of you could communicate via Chatterous by creating a chat room and sending information between each other.12

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VI. References">VI. References

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