Discord

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Discord
Discord Color Text Logo.svg
Developer(s)Discord Inc.
(Originally Hammer & Chisel)
Initial releaseMay 13, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-05-13)
Stable release
0.0.9 / April 1, 2019; 7 months ago (2019-04-01)
Preview release
0.0.203 / February 22, 2018; 20 months ago (2018-02-22)
Written inJavaScript, React, Elixir,[1] Rust[2]
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Web browsers
Available in27 languages
List of languages
English (UK/US), Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese
TypeVoIP communications, instant messaging, Videoconferences,[3] content delivery, and social media
LicenseProprietary freeware[4]
Alexa rankIncrease 128 (March 2019)[5]
Websitediscordapp.com

Discord is a free instant messaging software that lets people talk to each other over the internet. It was originally meant for people who play video games, but is now used by others. In addition to text messaging, you may also make audio and video calls through Discord[6]. Discord is free to use, and it runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in most web browsers. It has over 250 million users as of 21 July 2019.

Discord Nitro[change | change source]

Users can pay money to Discord every month to receive extra features, which is called "Discord Nitro"[7]. There are two types of Discord Nitro: "Nitro" and "Nitro Classic". Nitro Classic costs $4.99 a month and includes less features, while Nitro costs $9.99 a month and includes more features and access to Discord Nitro's game store[8].

Due to a lack of popularity, however, Discord Nitro's game store will be removed on October 15th, 2019[9].

Organization[change | change source]

There are several things on Discord that you should know. The most used things on Discord are "Servers" and "Channels".

Text Channels[change | change source]

A Discord text channel is simply a group chat. People may send text messages, images, and files in real-time. It may also be compared to an IRC channel.

Text channels can be optionally marked as "NSFW", which stands for "Not safe for work". "NSFW" channels require users to verify that they are 18 years or older to view them.

Voice Channels[change | change source]

A Discord voice channel is like a conference call. Discord voice channels only allow audio to be transmitted, and not video.

Servers[change | change source]

A server is a collection of channels. A server can be managed by one or more people, who also manage the channels within the server. Discord servers may range in size from just one person to hundreds of thousands.

User Accounts[change | change source]

All Discord usernames have a unique four-digit number. Usernames usually look like this: "Username#3283". This allows multiple users to have the same username and makes it easier to find friends. Discord allows users to connect their Discord account with other platforms, such as Twitch.tv. Discord can determine the game a user is playing if their Steam is connected to their account.

References[change | change source]

  1. Vishnevskiy, Stanislav (June 6, 2017). "How Discord Scaled Elixir to 5,000,000 Concurrent Users". DiscordApp. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  2. Nowack, Matt (May 17, 2019). "Using Rust to Scale Elixir for 11 Million Concurrent Users". Discord Blog. Discord Inc. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  3. DiscordApp (October 5, 2017). "05.10.2017 - Changelog". DiscordApp. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  4. "Discord Terms of Service". Discord. 2018-10-19. Archived from the original on 2019-07-15. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  5. "Discordapp.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  6. Nelly (2017-10-06). "5.10.2017 — Change Log". Discord Blog. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  7. Nelly (2017-01-23). "Boost Your Account and Support Us With Discord Nitro". Discord Blog. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  8. Nelly (2018-10-11). "Discord Nitro is Evolving". Discord Blog. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  9. Nelly (2019-09-12). "What's Coming for Nitro". Medium. Retrieved 2019-09-30.