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How to find and join new Matrix chat rooms

by coxy
February 9, 2021
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I run a Matrix chat server for my friends, family, and friends-of-friends. I called it Gossip Land and whilst there are a few different apps you can use to join a Matrix server, Element is a good starting point.

You can grab an account on the main Matrix server, meaning your username will be @username:matrix.org or, if you are a friend of mine, drop me a message and I’ll tell you how to get @username:gossip.land

There are many servers out there and you can talk to people on nearly all of them! Only, it can be quite hard to find new servers and chat rooms. So, this post will be a quick guide on how to do that.

Join rooms on gossip.land

Whether you are signed up to gossip.land or not, there are a few public chat rooms you can join.

Members of gossip.land can open the Element app and use the “Explore rooms” button which will list all the local rooms.

Or, for convenience, anyone on any server can use these links:

馃帹 Art & Design 路 #design:gossip.land
馃弨 Basketball 路 #basketball:gossip.land
馃摎 Books 路 #books:gossip.land
馃惐 Cats 路 #cats:gossip.land
馃惗 Dogs 路 #dogs:gossip.land
馃摵 Film & TV 路 #film:gossip.land
鈿斤笍 Football 路 #football:gossip.land
馃嚦馃嚧 Oslo 路 #oslo:gossip.land
馃幎 Music 路 #music:gossip.land
馃摪 News 路 #news:gossip.land
馃К Science 路 #science:gossip.land
馃彂 Sports 路 #sports:gossip.land
馃鈥嶐煉 Technology 路 #technology:gossip.land

Joining chat rooms on other servers

Maybe you want something a little more niche? Well, there is probably a chat room for that somewhere online. As a user of gossip.land, the Element app will probably show you all the available rooms from gossip.land and matrix.org.

In this video below, we’re going to do two things;

  1. Search for a ‘pokemon’ room on matrix.org
  2. Join a Firefox browser room on mozilla.org

So, as you can see – to join a room you don’t need to know the actual room address if you know the server. You can just add the server and then search, browse, and join all the available rooms.

Or, to quickly join a room, just type /join [room address] in any chat. You can run this command from any server, not just gossip.land!

A list of servers and rooms

So, as we have explained, there is gossip.land and matrix.org. We have also discovered mozilla.org. Now I’m going to do my best to maintain a list below of servers and some example rooms on those servers.

If you know of anything I should add, please get in touch. Otherwise, happy chatting!

gossip.land

matrix.org

There are so many rooms on matrix.org, here is a full list of rooms maintained by someone else.

mozilla.org

privacytools.io

the-apothecary.club

halogen.city

librem.one

Other servers

There’s more. Here are a list of servers you can add and see what rooms are there. I will expand these server lists to include room links when I have time. 馃槬

  • fosdem.org
  • cyberia.club
  • eggy.cc
  • perthchat.org 馃嚘馃嚭
  • tomesh.net 馃嚚馃嚘
  • aria-net.org
  • gnome.org
  • nltrix.net 馃嚦馃嚤
  • feneas.org

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