Using Gather Chat

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Select Chat (speech bubble icon) in the navigation bar to view any messages you've received while in the space, as well as to send messages to others. While there are some basic features, chat works a little differently based on what type of space you're in.

Tip: You can quickly tell what type of space you're in by looking at the navigation bar. Events spaces show a push pin icon for the Info Board, and Remote Work spaces don't have this icon.

Basic Chat Features

You can also search for and select a person's name in the Participants panel, and from their info card, send a private message them. (You can also open this info card by clicking on a person's name in their video preview.)

The Participants panel is open and lists Sam and Riley. Riley's info card is open, with a Message field where you can enter text to send a direct message.Search for and select a person from the Participants panel to send a message directly from their info card. 

You can also right click on a person and select Send chat.

Next to Sam is the menu that opens when you right click on someone. The menu shows Start bubble, Follow, Request to Lead, Send chat, and Move here.Right click on the person and select Send chat.

Note: Space Admins and Moderators can choose whether to preserve chat history. If Preserve Chat History is on, all messages you receive while in the Space display in the Chat panel and are stored locally on your computer. If it is off, messages are deleted from your cache every time you leave or refresh the Space. 

Manage Notifications

When you receive a chat, you also receive a sound notification. To turn off sound notifications, open Settings, and in the General section, toggle off Chat sounds.

Chat for Remote Work

When the Chat panel is open, you can read any pinned moderator messages, read any messages you've received while you are in the Space, as well as send messages. To send a message, select the To drop-down list in the Chat panel and pick your recipient. 

  • Everyone - Your message will be sent to every person currently in the Space. 
  • Nearby - Your message will be sent to everyone who is standing within your interaction distance (within 5 tiles of you), or whomever you are in a private area with. 
  • Individuals - Your message will be sent to the person you select.  
  • Private Area - Chat messages can only be seen by people in this private area. New attendees will not see messages sent before they joined. This is great for clearer meeting chats without office distractions!

With the Chat panel open, select who you wish to send a message to: Nearby, Everyone, Current Room, or a specific person.

With the chat panel open, you can select the left location icon to chat with your current private area or you can select the building icon to chat with everyone in your Space. 

Chat for Events

When the Chat pane is open, you can read any messages you've received while you are in the Space, as well as send messages. The tab you select in the Chat pane determines who you send a message to:

  • Room - Your message will be sent to every person currently in the Room. 
  • Nearby - Your message will be sent to everyone who is standing within your interaction distance (within 5 tiles of you), or whomever you are in a private area with. 
  • Inbox - Your message will be sent to the person you select. If you are an Admin or Mod in the Space, you can message other Admins and Mods. 

The Chat pane is open in an Event space with the Room tab active. The three tabs in the chat pane are Room, Nearby, and Inbox,With the Chat pane open, select who you wish to send a message to: Room, Nearby, or a specific person in your Inbox.

Q&A

In Event Spaces that use session scheduling in the checklist, Q&A chat is available during the scheduled session time. Attendees can ask a question during a session or upvote others' questions. Depending on the session settings, the Speaker, Admin, or Mod may choose to approve questions before they display in the chat. The Speaker, Admin, or Mod can answer the question in the chat or mark that the question has been answered live. Speakers, Admins, and Mods can download the Room and Q&A chat after the session is over.

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