What is Discord and how does it work?
If you play a lot on your PC, you probably know or have heard of Discord. Considered by many as the “Skype of gamers”, this program allows players to communicate through private servers, where we can send messages and talk to other people.
Over the years, Discord’s popularity has grown, and with over 90 million registered users, it’s clear that this program is more than just a so-called Skype for gamers: then we will talk a little about this useful platform.
How can we start using Discord?
Once you’ve created a Discord account through their website, we can use the program within our browser or by downloading the Discord app on our computer or smartphone: It should be noted that the app has more customization options, so it is important to download it if we want to create or manage a server.
When we get to this point, we can create a new Discord server, sending invitation codes or even join another existing server using these codes: although it is not possible to search for these servers within the app, we only need to search in certain communities or sites Y we will find public invitations to servers dedicated to a specific recognized game or streamer.
What makes Discord better than other similar services?
If you just want to talk to a group of friends while you play, in theory Discord and Skype fulfill the same function: however, this first option stands out as it does not require additional installations to start using it, as well as simple controls and voice chat low latency, which is extremely important for users in different parts of the world.
Of course, installing Discord, as we mentioned before, provides multiple advantages: among them, an overlay (additional layer) in certain games, which allows us to modify audio levels and perform other actions within the comfort of the same screen.
Can we handle large groups on Discord?
Managing large groups of users is probably one of the main advantages of Discord: on a server of this program, we can create voice channels with different levels of access and for different users. This prevents regular users from posting in a section reserved for important announcements.
Additionally, various administration and moderation tools prevent things from getting out of control, even if a server may not have human moderators: Certain Minecraft and PUBG servers have over 100,000 users, but many allow a group as large as this to be controlled..
In certain ways, Discord servers function like discussion forums anywhere on the Internet. However, this does not mean that a server with few users cannot be created. In general, the vast majority of existing servers were made so that groups of friends can talk to each other.
Does Discord have tools for streamers?
If you’re a streamer on Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook, Discord is a great place to manage your followers: providing more flexibility than a chat window on Twitch, it is possible to create servers that are easily adapted to your needs, as well as hide your personal information while you are broadcasting live.
Additionally, users and streamers can sync their YouTube or Twitch accounts to connect across platforms: in the case of streamers, it is possible to grant subscribers on Twitch special permissions within the Discord server.
Are there premium services on Discord?
Paying $5 USD per month or $50 USD per year, it is possible to subscribe to Discord Nitro, an additional service that allows us to upload higher quality images and share our screen with higher resolution. However, these benefits are mostly cosmetic, and a regular user would not notice a lack of features if using the regular version of Discord..
Bots: an extremely useful tool
No, we are not talking about that kind of bots: in the case of Discord, this program has tools created by the community, which can be installed on our server separately. These bots are capable of providing moderation tools as well as integration with sites like Twitch and YouTube: Marv, for example, is a bot capable of playing music on our voice channel.
Additionally, certain unofficial bots exist on the internet, but their behavior may change as Discord is gradually updated: It should be noted that being “unofficial” does not make a bot illegal, sometimes these bots have a cost or are not constantly updated.
In general, Discord is an extremely useful tool, which can be used by anyone on the Internet, thanks to its ease of use and access. What do you think about this app? Have you used it before? Leave a comment below!