Secure and Geared Towards Many Audiences
Discord is a social-networking platform that was made in 2015. Since then it has gained massive support from both large communities and influential investors, including such names as Greylock and Benchmark. I will breaking up this review into 3 categories: The Discord mission and how it was achieved, the community, and my personal experiences with the service.
1) The Purpose of Discord:
Discord was launched with the main goal as to be an alternative for gamers to chat, substituting Skype and Teamspeak, two other successful (previously) chat services. The main problem with these two was that they had a monetary incentive that they had to follow, charging the user money for talking across regions or using certain features. With Discord, you can talk with people across the world with no charges. You must be thinking there's some strings attached to this, but no, there really isn't. Discord gets the majority of the money it needs to sustain itself via its investors, donations, and their "premium" service, Discord Nitro, which allows you to use "global emotes," have a .GIF as your profile picture, and a boosted upload limit (can now upload 50 MB+ files). Here's a chart comparing Discord's competitor, Skype, versus the Discord client: https://www.slant.co/versus/4554/5637/~skype_vs_discord . Discord has kept a constant hook due to its server feature, where a person can create a server, assign roles to people (such as moderator, friend, administrator, etc.), and create a community. Some servers revolve around a YouTuber, game, or are just random chat places for people to hang out.
2) The Community:
Not that much to say here as it is basically what you'd expect from a free chat service. Not that it's disappointing, or anything. Discord's community is very expansive, making it hard to be able to know whether or not there will be inappropriate content in the server. Knowing this, I think that only kids 13+/kids who are comfortable with seeing possible nudity (usually nudity is against server rules unless it is in designated NSFW chatrooms) and gore, swearing, influential content, and other negative possibilities. Not to say that Discord's community is filled with nasty, vile people who want nothing more than to scar your children.
3) My Experience:
Really awesome, actually. Great alternative to Slack, Teamspeak, and Skype. Check it out.