Private Chat With Your Friends!

Greetings Everybody!

As the holidays approach we know that the ability to chat with your family and friends becomes all the more important!

We also know there are times when jumping into our very awesome public chatroom might be more than what you want to do, yet you would still like to chat with one of your friends!

So in light of that we are introducing a new feature called "Private Friends Chat" :dance:

This new feature will allow you to have a private chat i with one of your Friends/Contacts here at ChristianBlog.Com!

Within the 'Account Notification' area you will see a list of your friends who are online (or have been within the last 5 minutes) and a message that says "Chat with {usersname}".

Simply press the link and a small box will appear on the bottom-right of your browser that will allow you to privately chat with your friend!

Screenshots:

Here is what the list looks like:

Here is what the private chat windows looks like:

As you can see you can have multiple private chat windows open at the same time!

In this screenshot we have a minimized private chat window with Joyce Bethy Ferguson (@bethy) and two non-minimized private chat windows with Alison Stewart (@kiwibird) and Shani Matthews (@shanijane) (these are the three lucky members who got to help us test this feature!)

Security:

There are two important parts to every feature of ChristianBlog.Com when it comes to security:

1 being not allowing people who are not your friends to contact you in ways you do not want them too! For example we do not allow anybody who is not within your Friends/Contact list to send you a private message.

2 being not allowing anybody to send private contact information. For example posting your email address will get your account automatically suspended/terminated.

This new Private Friends Chat feature has both of these systems in-place!

The list of who you can contact - and who can contact you - is 100% limited to those folks who are within your Friends/Contacts list. And, equally important is that the chatroom has in place the same Personal Contact Information security-checks that the rest of our website has. If you intend to share your email with somebody please use the Personal Contact Information system and not this Private Friends Chat feature - otherwise you can expect your account to be suspended/terminated -- just like it works on the rest of our website. This is a core feature of our Privacy Policy.

Limited Access:

At this time this brand new feature is limited to those who are Premier/Gold Members. As always, we release new features only to those who are advanced members of the website. In the future (probably sooner rather than later) ChristianBlog.Com will release this feature to all of our members - unless we encounter any unexpected issues of course.

This is yet another reason we encourage those who might not yet be a Premier Member to consider becoming one!

Known Issues:

We have been made aware that certain work and school security features are not allowing access to this feature. We understand the desire of a local educational facility or a place of employment from wanting to limit access of their studients/employees to certain things (especially very time-consuming features such as chatting) so we are taking under consideration whether we should attempt to find work-arounds for these situations, or do the right thing and honor those methods put in place by those establisments our members are apart of.

We very much would like to know if you encounter such issues. If you do find you are unable to use this new feature we would request you let us know so we can get an idea of how many people are being obstructed.

In Closing:

In the near future, once we get ready to release this feature to all of our members, we will make sure to have an additional setting within your Privacy Settings page which would allow you to turn off the ability to have your Friends/Contacts contact you via this new Private Friends Chat feature!

Many Blessings,
ChristianBlog.Com

@ptl2008
·

Thanks for letting me try this feature John.. it is good for prayer partnering, sharing one on one without interruptions. Is there limitation on how many teams(of 2persons) max can use this facility at one time?

ptl2008

@bethy
Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

I have encountered the block on my work computer. To be honest I know that I would be happy to wait until I got home to use this feature.. But it is such a cool feature.
I would be inclined to honour the security the schools have in place.. after all I would only have to give myself detention if I allowed my work to slip while chatting too much :wink:
ty so very much
beth .

@cowgirldiva
·

Wahooo this is SWEET! Looking forward to using it. :D

Diva

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

Hello All,

Two quick notes:

(1) I have gotten a private chat message from a friend who said that it was causing some serious delay in load-time between pages. I have not encountered that on my end but if anybody else has noticed this please let me know! If this fun little feature causes the website to run slower, it is cause for concern.

(2) I realize some of you might be very concerned about the privacy of this whole thing. I am working on developing the privacy end of things today and probably should have it finished up tomorrow. As this feature is only accessible [i](by that I mean only Premier/Gold Members can initiate a private chat, but free members can be chatted with)[/i] to Premier/Gold Members, it is not tooo much of a concern at this point. The privacy settings will focus on two primary settings: (1) Allow yourself to not be shown as 'online' and (2) not allow people to contact you via this new Friends Private Chat.

Together I think those two privacy settings should just about nullify any existing privacy concerns. Speak up now if you feel otherwise.

John

@kiwibird
Alison Stewart @kiwibird ·

John, I have just been (private) chatting with mumbly and we both found that our home page kept disappearing and reloading as we were typing. It has never happened before so I am assuming it is something to do with the private chat (which I think is a wonderful creation!:mrgreen:)

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

Hello Everybody,

Ok we have gotten the ability to turn-off the "Online Friends" feature - and thus turn-off the ability for you to initiate a private chat with your friends - and thus turn-off the ability for your friends to initiate a private chat with you.

You can access this setting any time by going to the "Account" at the top of the website, and than underneath the "Privacy" section click on the "Friends Private Chatroom" option. (or you can [internallink=http://www.christianblog.com/account/privacy/]click here[/internallink] to quickly access it)

The option is very simple... either a "Yes" (to have it be enabled) or "No" (to turn it off).

We understand that not all of our members want the ability for others to contact them one-on-one (outside of private messages) so we offer the ability to disable this feature.

We also understand that for a few people, the Private Friends Chat feature might cause a undesirable delay in the amount of time it takes to load each webpage at the ChristianBlog.Com website. Though we have tried very hard to make the private chatroom not cause any delays in page load-time, we do understand that for some people it just seems to adversely effect them.

We also undersatnd that some times you might be accessing the ChristianBlog.Com website from a location where a private chatroom is not allowed (a workplace or an educational facility for example). Having the ability to totally disable the private chatroom helps you stay compliant with any policies on your end.

How It Works:

It works rather simple:

If you set your Privacy Settings to indicate "Yes" than we will display a list of Friends/Contacts who are online and who you can chat with (so long as they have not disabled the setting on their end.)

If you prefer to not have the list of your Friends/Contacts display, and thus not have the ability to contact them within a private chat (and they will not be able to contact you either) than you will need to indicate "No" to the Privacy Setting option.

ChristianBlog.Com takes personal privacy very serious and we are continually working to help ensure your highest level of privacy is possible.

Thank you,
John B. Abela
Founder/Owner, ChristianBlog.Com

@kraftykatz
Marsha Tyler Ronquist @kraftykatz ·

Like this feature. Good work John. You sure do come up with some good ideas.
KraftyKatz
:coffee:

@abelajohnb
John B. Abela @abelajohnb ·

Hello Everybody,

For those of you who have not figured it out yet...

This feature is now available to ALL MEMBERS of ChristianBlog.Com - not just Premier/Gold members!

So, if you are not able to see the little private chat icon... than something is probably wrong.

Blessings and enjoy!

John

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