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Ryver's a free team chat app that tries to solve this in a number of ways. The core chat itself is broken into three sections: Open Forums, Private Teams, and Direct Messages. The former are your standard team chat rooms, where everyone can jump in and discuss anything—ideally the topic your room's name mentions. The latter are also something you're likely used to, as private 1-on-1 chats with individual colleagues.

Private Teams, then, help you keep from overwhelming Open Forums with conversations that don't apply to everyone in the company as a mix between those and Direct Messages. You'll Make a new team, invite people, then chat as normal in a private group conversation. And when you need to pull that same group into a new conversation in the future, you can copy all of those contacts into a new private team in a click.

Then, along with your standard messages, Ryver includes an extra Posts tab in every chat conversations. Here, you can write markdown formatted longform posts about anything and share them with your team. Each post includes a comment box where your team can continue the conversation right inside the post, to keep things from getting lost in the group chat. And, if you need to add more detail to a standard chat, just tap the post icon beside any message to turn it or a handful of messages into a new post for a quick way to keep a permanent record of your team's best ideas. It's not quite threaded conversations, but is a great way to break out longer ideas and keep them around for the long term.

With those, you'll often need to remember to followup on posts and messages. Ryver's reminder feature comes in handy there. You can have the app remind you of any post or message anytime you need, so you won't forget to add your feedback. Or, if you don't have time to respond to anything right now, you can set your status as Do Not Disturb to let your team know not to ask you anything for a bit.

Ryver's most eye-catching feature is its price. Many team chat apps include a free tier that caps the number of messages you can search through in the history—with paid plans for unlimited history and extra features. Ryver turns that around with a free plan that includes full chat history for your whole team—with an upcoming paid plan to help you plan projects right inside your chat.

For today, if you want a team chat app that helps you focus on the longer conversations and keep a record of important messages, Ryver's Posts tool is a great way to do so—something few other team chat apps aside from Microsoft Teams include in the same manner. And, of course, it's a great option to save a bit of money on your team chat—one that in the future should be able to help with your projects as well once your team is ready to upgrade.

See how Ryver stacks up to the competition in our roundup of the 12 Best Team Chat Apps.

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Ryver Pricing

  • Free for unlimited team size and message history with 10 webhook integrations

  • Upcoming paid Task plan for built-in team task management

Ryver Features

  • Chat with your team for free in group and private conversations

  • Pull important messages together into Posts for long-form discussions and records

  • Make special groups for teams with shared conversations that are private from the rest of the company

  • Set reminders to followup on important messages

  • Invite guests to specific conversations

  • Make team calls with FreeConference integration

  • Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web apps available

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