Unlike other multi-protocol IM clients, web messengers require nothing more than a screen name to your favorite IM and a web browser.
The exciting web-based chats reviewed here offer great user experiences, each unique to their audience. Meebo was a personal favorite, but it's no longer available since it was absorbed by Google.
When you cannot download an IM client, web messengers are a great, web-based alternative for keeping in touch with friends and family.
Before April 20, 2012, users levels 5 and above could give an unlimited amount of questions, answers, and comments. Answers established an upper limit to curb spam and unproductive answers.
Before April 2014 users were also able to vote for a best answer if the asker did not choose one, but this was discontinued.
Studies of user typology on the site have revealed that some users answer from personal knowledge – "specialists" – while others use external sources to construct answers – "synthesists", with synthesists tending to accumulate more reward points. looked at the ego networks of users and showed that it is possible to distinguish "answer people" from "discussion people" with the former found in specialist categories for factual information, such as mathematics and the latter more common in general interest categories, such as marriage and wrestling.
They also show that answer length is a good predictor of "best answer" choice.