Paltalk Messenger

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Paltalk Messenger streamlines communication by putting instant
messages, video chats, voice calls, and SMS all into a single user
interface. While it may not be the most user-friendly program out there,
it's certainly one of the more powerful.


If you've used an IM
client like Trillian or Pidgin, then Paltalk's interface should feel
familiar, with its vertical towerlike orientation, list of contacts, and
status bar. The difference is that Paltalk does a lot more than those
programs do--which is good. So, in addition to the typical IM contact
list, there's a Chat Room panel, as well as a Phone & SMS panel,
which lets you make voice calls and send texts. The problem is that
using all of Paltalk's features is not always intuitive. The program has
tons of drop-down menus, icons, and tabs cluttering each window, and
very few explanations of functions. Also, watch out for the promotional
content that Paltalk often serves up. For instance, I got messages
telling me to Like Paltalk on Facebook, join specific chat rooms, and
upgrade to a paid version. And then there's the Paltalk Today and
Paltalk Notifier windows that sometimes make appearances. It can get a
bit annoying, to say the least.


The Basic (free) version of
Paltalk is ad-supported (banners) and comes with five texts and 100
voice call minutes (within the US and other select countries), all for
free. For more texts or voice minutes, you'll have to pay on a per-use
basis. In addition, you can upgrade your account to a Plus, Extreme, or
VIP tier to get more features.


Paltalk's wide selection of chat
rooms and active user community is among its best attributes. You can
jump into G (general), R (rated-R), or A (adult) chat rooms, or create
one of your own. Unfortunately, if you're on the free version of
Paltalk, video in chat rooms is pretty much useless, since you only get a
quick 10-second taste of Webcam functionality before it shuts off and
asks you to upgrade. But what's great is you can video chat within a
private message window, even with multiple participants. Also, there's a
feature called SuperIM, which lets non-Paltalk users chat with you.


While
Paltalk is certainly a versatile communications tool with tons of
features, I think it's biggest strength is its chat. If you're
interested in exploring chat rooms--public or private--or exchanging
video instant messages with friends, I highly recommend you check out
this program out.

















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