With many online communities looking for bases outside of traditional social media sites like Reddit and Facebook we thought we’d look at some of the other online tools available. If you want to talk with like-minded people but you don’t feel that heavy moderation of your conversations is fair, necessary, or even ethical you might be a part of a community that is looking for a new home.
Today we’re looking at Discord so if you’re wondering What is Discord? What can I do on Discord, or How do I use Discord? Then stick with us as we will give you an introduction to Discord and show you 10 useful things you can do on Discord.
What is Discord?
The perfect app for gamers, Discord is a chat system that lets users communicate over both text and chat. It can be so much more, however, than just a tool for gamers. A throwback to the chatrooms of years gone by, Discord lets anyone create a server to host discussions about anything they please.
The most common use of the app is to open up a place for gamers to discuss strategy for specific games. However, there are no hard and fast rules on what you can open up a server for. Indeed, thriving communities have emerged on a broad range of topics.
So whether you already use Discord or want to get started with it, here’s how to get more out of this popular chat app.
10 cool things you can do with Discord
#10: Use the Discord desktop app
Are you still using the Discord website? When you use Discord on the web, it doubles as a gaming client. So if you download the desktop app, you get a lot more functionality from it, and you’re avoiding potential lag issues. It’s a win-win.
Just like the web version, the desktop version will still tell other users which game you’re playing. And that means you only attract the kinds of chat that meet your interest. Of course, if you’ve had the luxury of having two or more monitors, then you’ll be able to shift the app over so that you can easily divide your attention.
#9: Download the mobile app
Whether you’re using iOS or Android, download the mobile app of Discord to check in with your teams and clans–say, if you’re making plans to make a raid or engage in a prearranged competition. As well as keeping you entertained during long commutes and breaks at work, the mobile version can also be set up to receive notifications–which means you won’t be disturbed during your gameplay.
#8: Get some freebies
A little-known secret about Discord is that it has a server dedicated to sharing all of the best gaming giveaways and deals going on. Aptly named the Giveaways Channel, the channel is a place where users share their findings to allow everyone the opportunity to get their hands on some free loot.
Of course, proper etiquette suggests that if you find something special by yourself, you share it with the rest of the community.
#7: Swot up on bots
While the idea of bots might conjure up images of spammy and annoying technology, the bots on Discord can be used to make your overall experience more fun.
Some bots play music, while others will help you connect to more appropriate channels. Of course, you’ll need to do some homework to discover which ones are best for you. Thankfully, as a thriving community exists around the app, you won’t have to do much Googling to discover a whole range of them.
#6: Use the pager function
While it might sound like a bit of a dated reference, the pager feature on the app will allow you to broadcast a message to all of your friends.
Obviously, this is particularly useful if you want to make everyone aware of new rules you’d like adopted on your server. Maybe a new game has been released, and you don’t want to risk spoiling it for others, so you ask that everyone avoid discussing it openly. Of course, you can page individual users if you want to ask them a specific question that is best addressed privately.
#5: Make use of voice chat
While text chat is definitely preferable when you’re interacting with a large group, the voice chat feature will give you crystal clear audio that is regularly praised for being better than Skype and Facetime.
If you’re playing with a squad and there’s only four or five of you, the voice chat will allow you to issue commands to each other instantaneously and respond more efficiently.
Remember to be mindful of who is on your server, and how this might affect what you do and do not talk about. For example, just like the outside world, you don’t necessarily want to start talking politics when others just want to kick back with some games.
#4: Get creative with your text
Some simple characters added before and after words will allow you to make your text more expressive in a number of ways. If you want to yell something important, for example, you can make your words appear in bold by adding ** before and after the word you want to jump off the page. Another way to add emphasis is to underline words by adding __ before and after the word.
Here’s a full list of styles you can add to your chats.
#3: Use Discord’s hotkeys
To use the app in the most intuitive way possible, it makes good sense to make use of Discord’s hotkeys, which will allow you to change its performance without slogging through a bunch of menus.
For example, you can use Ctrl+Shift+M to mute your voice chat. Indeed, if you consider how often you need to quickly jump off your headset to deal with something in your environment, then you’ll appreciate how useful it is to be able to mute yourself with a touch of a button.
#2: Change your nickname
While you aren’t authorized to do it on every server, some do allow you to change your nickname occasionally. Doing this means other users will be able to refer to you directly and have a better idea of what you’re about. For example, you might want to tack on a particular team or clan name after your name so that people will be able to recognize what side you belong to and, more importantly, where your loyalties are!
To change your nickname, just click the server settings menu bar and then click Change Nickname.
#1: Say hello!
Oh, were you waiting for a big reveal at the end of this article? Here’s some common sense instead. Discord is an app based around chatting, so saying hi and making new friends is the best way to use it. With so many public servers and users, take the time to locate places where you’re likely to find people discussing the kinds of things you’re interested in. And then dive in!