Frequently Asked Questions

basics

Sqwok Public Chat is a news-focused social network and open messaging platform.

Browse through user-created posts and instantly hop into a live conversation with minimal effort.

We're mixing oldschool vibes with newschool cutting-edge technology, and ambitious ideas for creating memorable, meaningful dialog between conversationalists on thet net.
Sqwok is for any person older than age 13.
The only thing required is an internet connection and a browser.

Sqwok is free to use and open to the public for viewing without signing up for an account.
Yes! The site works on mobile web and we plan to develop a native mobile app soon.

posting

A Post is a 300 character or less statement that could be anything from a whimsical thought, to an expression about an interesting subject, or a comment on a current news topic. Posts may contain urls which are shortened and take a max of 23 characters from the 300 character limit.
The last url in a Post is crawled and used to display rich meta data, such as the lead image, summary, publication date, and author information.
No, currently you cannot edit a post once it's created, but stay tuned as we develop the site and add enhanced functionality in the future.
Yes you can delete Posts, and it will also delete all messages.

chat

Chat is a fundamental feature of Sqwok, and allows all people viewing a Post to communicate with eachother in real time. This is achieved by typing into the chat input dialog at the bottom of the chat box and then pressing "enter".
Anyone with an account who is logged into the app will be able to chat on Sqwok. There are no other requirements.
If you type @ into the chat, you'll notice a menu will appear for finding another user to @mention.
who do you want to @mention?
The dialog menu is initially populated with suggested users based on the current chat thread, or it will be empty and require you to type a name.
To find a specific user to @mention, simply begin to type their name until it appears, and at that point simply press "enter" or click the name to create the mention.
who do you want to @mention?
When a user is mentioned, they will instantly receive an in-app notification that let's them know you have mentioned them, and will give them the opportunity to join you in conversation.
Yes!
Sqwok has built-in support for markdown syntax, allowing rich and dynamic expressiveness in your messages, user biographies, and more.
Here is a guide explaining what's currently supported.

type
syntax
example
bold & italic
***
The alphabet of you
bold
**
The alphabet of you
italic
*
The alphabet of you
underline & italic
___
The alphabet of you
underline
__
The alphabet of you
italic
_
The alphabet of you
strikethrough
~~
The alphabet of you
code
`
The alphabet of you
codeblock
```
The alphabet of you
blockquote
>
The alphabet of you
header 1
#

# hello

header 2
##

# hello

header 3
###

# hello

url
http://...
markdown url
[x](http://y.co)

Live Markdown Emulator

who do you want to @mention?
Practice makes perfect.

The input box above is similar to the chat input embedded in each post. Try typing any of the markdown syntax patterns and watch as your text is transformed, with included preview mode enabled.

The markdown syntax can be mixed and matched in most cases, have fun!