With no algorithms, likes or advertising, $7bn chat app Discord may be the future of social media

The Telegraph | Jan 15, 2021 at 7:00 AM
  • Even before most people had personal computers, when the internet was largely occupied by a ragtag bunch of hobbyists and researchers, they used it to chatter.
  • Unlike the even older email system, in which one might have to wait minutes for a reply, IRC allowed people to talk in real time, sending short bursts of consciousness to a group, more like the way conversations work in real life.
  • Today, the service is free, but users can pay up to $10 a month for upgrades such as better quality video calls and the ability to make custom emojis.