Anyone who has spent more than a day on the internet knows that online conversation can be… not so nice. Whether it’s the comments section on a popular blog or news site, Twitter flame wars, or a particularly contentious thread on Facebook, people tend to show their worst sides when it comes to chatting on the internet.
However, there are sites out there that are working to combat that negativity by creating safe spaces for people to come and have civilized discussions about the topics that are important to them. One such site is Colloqq.
Colloq beckons to the refugees from online nastiness with the call to “Join today to discover friendly conversation.” The site offers discussion forums for people to dive into areas with other likeminded folks, including forums to talk about everything from Donald Trump to electric cars to trending videos.
You can also find chat rooms if you’re interested in real-time talk or private chats with friends, folks on the site you’ve just met, or family. It’s like a 2015 version of the AOL those of us who came of age in the early aughts remember so nostalgically.
The site also highlights the week’s “best conversationalists” on the homepage, letting you know who’s really interested in talking so you don’t end up talking into the wind.
Unfortunately, the internet today can be a pretty unfriendly place. I personally have seen “conversations” escalate from “here’s my opinion on this matter” to “you should go die and burn in hell!!!!” in less than a handful of tweets. We need more spaces where people can have an online conversation that isn’t adversarial and mean. Colloqq wants to be one of those spaces. So head on over, check them out, and see if you’re interested in being a part of their community.