Top Messaging Apps with Chat Rooms

Meet and Mingle with Multiple New Friends at Once

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Ever sign-in to your favorite messaging app only to find out that your friends aren't available to chat? Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of the best places where you can meet and chat with new friends. 

Whether you are looking to chat with friends locally, looking for love or romance, want to discuss the news or sports, or even swap recipes, you can certainly find all that and more by using the following messaging platforms:

Twitch:

Twitch originally became known as a place for video game enthusiasts to meet, chat, and watch talented gamers compete against each other. Since it's inception, however, the Amazon-owned video platform has expanded into other categories. Twitch Creative is a place where you can connect with people who have similar interests, and there's a staggering array of options available. Whether your jam be cooking, sewing, writing, computer programming or painting, there is a community on Twitch of like-minded people that you can connect with. Twitch offers a very entertaining experience, enabling the user to watch someone practicing their craft (cooking a recipe, for instance), and chat via a robust and easy-to-use chat interface with other viewers. It's a great place to watch experts and hobbyists honing their skills while connecting with others. Twitch is free -- although in many cases you also have the option to donate or subscribe to content creators who are broadcasting on the service.

 The platform is available online as well as on mobile devices.Check out our complete guide to Twitch on About.com, and visit Twitch.tv to sign up.

Badoo:

Want to make new friends, either locally or across the globe, for new friendships and perhaps dating? Badoo may be the platform for you. Available on the web as well as on mobile devices, Badoo is a free service that connects users from across the globe.

While it's primarily a dating app, you do have the option to specify what you are there for -- making new friends, chatting, or dating. The service does have a "nearby" feature which enables you to find new friends in your area, if you so desire. Badoo also has a worldwide audience, so you could potentially meet new friends across the globe. The service is free, however there are "Superpowers" which can be purchased for Badoo credits (which you buy), which allow you to gain additional exposure to potential new friends. Sign up today at Badoo.com.

Rawr:

Rawr is a relatively new app which allows you to chat via a 3D avatar on your mobile device. Pretty cool! Download and open the app and you're presented with an avatar which can be customized with a huge array of options -- everything from body shape to eye color to shoes -- and then start chatting. The app offers the ability to connect with your friends on Facebook, or invite friends directly, but also offers the ability to chat with new friends. Once you download and install the app, tap on the message icon on the top right of the screen, then tap Globetrotter. Your avatar will appear, and as people become available, they will enter the scene and you can chat with them.

Possible scenes include a beach, a cafe, or a night club. Enter a hashtag and the environment of your choice in order to change it (example: #cafe). Rawr is a free service, however there is the option to buy items in the "mall" which allow you to customize your avatar even further. Check out our write-up on Rawr in our article about the future of messaging apps, and visit Rawr Messenger to download the app and set up your avatar!

ICQ:

ICQ was one of the earliest chat platforms, having launched in 1996. It was acquired by AOL, and became famous for group chat in the early days of the internet. The platform still thrives as a popular place to make new friends, and hosts a variety of free chat rooms that cover common interests like location, language, and fun pop trends like Pokémon. Find out more by checking out Meet New Friends in ICQ Chat Rooms on the About.com Messaging Channel.

Chat rooms are a fun way to meet new people from around the world. As with anything you do online, use chat rooms with caution and be sure to use the utmost discretion in sharing personal information or your exact location with anyone online or via a mobile app. Be safe, and enjoy your chat!

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 9/30/16