Today, there are a thousand and one ways to have a discussion over the internet. Websites offering this service are generally old news unless they approach it in a new way. Qvaq offers users an easy way to start a discussion about any topic they can think of. The site lists discussions by category, providing users with an easy to use listing that further divides up the discussion options. These include hot groups, new groups, and recently added groups.Show more screenshots »
Qvaq was formed in May of 2009 by Martin Lindkvist. The site was intended to present users with another way to participate in a group chat. The site encourages discussion by focusing on topic rather than the user. While many other chat-related sites let users connect to one another, Qvaq lets them socialize through topics of interest. The options are evolving as Qvaq grows its user population. The site boasts the ability to discuss any topic at all, no matter how small or little known.
When people think of the standard chat room or forum, they tend to think of the user community. They want to know how big it is and who is there. Qvaq emphasizes the other part of chatting: the topics. The site is entirely dedicated to encouraging discussion based on topics. People can still connect, but do so through similar interests, no matter how obscure they might be.
The Qvaq website may feel a little disorienting at first to a new user, primarily because of the three column design used. The user will quickly adjust as they notice the headers and navigational tools prominently displayed on the site. The color scheme is rather melancholy, with blue, grey and an all white background. The Qvaq logo is simple, but professional, and the site allows users to post images to their profiles which helps add a little color. Still, the site feels like it could use a splash of other colors here and there. Despite the low key appearance, Qvaq is easy to navigate.
Just under the big blue chat bubble logo, a new visitor can find the blue “Join” link. Qvaq has simplified the account creation process. The user only needs to enter a username, password, and email address. The site also presents a quick Twitter sign up option or those willing to link their Twitter profile to Qvaq. After submitting the information, the user is prompted to check their email for a confirmation message with a link that must be clicked to complete the registration process.
Online chat services have been available for free for a long time. They benefit from getting as many users as possible to join. Qvaq is no different and offers users a free account. There is no paid premium membership option currently available, which is a good thing. Encouraging more people to get involved in discussions will help Qvaq expand and reach out to others. No word is given as to whether the site will eventually add features and charge a fee, but for now it is all accessible for free.
Most people know someone (or may be someone), who loves to chat online. Qvaq is definitely for this type of person. The individual that has a lot of things they want to discuss, but no one resource to do it with. Qvaq can help users connect and develop relationships through similar topics of interest. On the other hand, users can share their thoughts or gather information on what others think without feeling the need to get overly involved.