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Private messaging and chat rooms

How they work and what they're called

Chat rooms can be between any group of people from 1 to 200. You can set permissions for different users to read, write, or moderate the room -- or you can set the room to "public", and let any user do what they like, or even people not on Pnut see the room.

Private messaging is a specialized kind of chat room, built just for you and a set of other users. The permissions are strictly set to you and the set of users who the room is made for. Sometimes it is referred to as "PM", "direct messaging", or just "messaging".

Sometimes clients/apps or users will refer to chat rooms as "messaging", "channels", "chat rooms", or "Patter rooms" (an older term for chat rooms based on the Patter app).

How to access

A list of all active, public chat rooms can be found on Patter at, under "Public Rooms" > "Active Rooms". Beta also has access to chat rooms, as do many other apps.

What do you want to talk about?

There are a number of active rooms that already exist for anyone to talk about particular topics. Here's a few good ones, with the room IDs in parentheses:

You can ask for other suggestions if you're looking for something, or start your own room and let folks know!