The concept of connecting a chat room to your site is an old one and there are many available without the need to look too hard. Most of them are based on the concept of one on one connections or are geared towards private conversations for small groups. Scrollback is a free, open source chat room application that provides a slightly new type of chat experience by allowing users to integrate their IRC channel with a Scrollback room and then embed it on their website. This allows conversations to flow easily between their IRC and their website visitors.
Scrollback is building a beautiful and unobtrusive text chat for any website that is the perfect way to engage users and promote conversation. This lightweight, minimalist and very subtly positioned chat room app looks good and works great and draws all users into the conversation with a unique minimized ticker. Scrollback hosts rooms which you can embed into any webpage and helps to bring together a long-lived, interactive community that’s stickier and more engaging than any forum system. It’s easy to embed Scrollback rooms by simply pasting a piece of code into your page. If you have an IRC channel just tell them to link it to your Scrollback room and you can bring everyone into the same conversation. If your room doesn’t exist - it will be created automatically. It offers infinite scrolling where you can scroll up to see what people were talking about in the last hour or the last week, if it comes to that. Gently introduce casual visitors to your community via the minimizable chat box meaning that conversation is only ever a fingertip away. Notifications and timestamps appear when needed but then fade away beautifully to keep the focus always on the conversation at hand. You can quickly identify who is talking to whom using colors that represent people consistently and see the peaks and troughs of any conversation using the color-coded visualizations that you can easily scroll through. Hover over a nickname to see that person's activity highlighted on the timeline. It even automatically matches the fonts and styles of your website or lets you customize it extensively using CSS.
Scrollback was created by a team of developers that had grown tired of the usual IRC based chat room technology. They came to the conclusion that open communities like consumer brands, sporting teams and entertainment franchises need a slightly different set of tools these days to engage their community. Scrollback provides a different kind of chat room that not only looks good and works great but also seamlessly integrates your IRC feed and allows your community to speak using a smart and unobtrusive chat box that sits neatly at the bottom of your website. It is also completely free and will remain so for all websites who start using Scrollback.io on their website by 31st January 2014.