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What Is Discord?Discord is a popular communications tools for online gaming and streaming. Often called "Skype for gamers," Discord allows players to chat live as well as share texts, pictures, videos, and audio clips. The Discord app is compatible with desktops and mobiles. The app provides a chat lobby, a message board, and (Voice Over Internet Protocol) VoIP chat. (Although Discord can be run through a web browser, the app gives far more functionality and customization options, making it essential for anyone running a server.)
You can get started on Discord in one of the following ways:
- Creating a new Discord server. (This just requires a valid server name. No installation is required.)
- Sending out invitation codes.
- Using an invitation code to join an existing server. (You cannot search for servers to join on the current version of the app, but a quick Google, YouTube, or Twitch search will uncover plenty of verified servers with open invitations.)
Discord is particularly good at managing large groups. With a Discord server, you can create separate channels with different levels of permissions for users, meaning that groups remained focussed as opposed to being in one mass message thread or voice-chat channel. (This is particularly useful because some servers can house over 100,000 users. Typically, these large groups are for users of games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Minecraft. )
Discord Nitro (The Paid Version of Discord)Discord Nitro is the paid version of Discord, offering the following additional functionality:
- Larger upload caps for images.
- Higher-quality screen sharing
- Animated avatars and emojis in chat.
- Customized DiscordTag player number.
Discord BotsDiscord has a listing of officially endorsed community-management and server-management tools that are third-party programs. These are called Discord bots. Typically, the bots provide server owners with moderation tools and allow integration with other apps (e.g., YouTube or Twitch). There are also unofficial Discord bots (some free and some paid) that provide useful functionality, such as making phone calls and displaying players' career statistics for games like Fortnite.
Summary of Key PointsThe word Discord almost certainly refers to the popular gaming communications app when used on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. More:
|Definition:||Gaming Communications App|
|Type:||Slang Word (Jargon)|
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Image for DiscordWhen I write Discord, I mean this:
Discord is often described as "Skype for gamers."
Example of Discord Used in a Text
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