The NEW and improved web app from Blabbelon is now live. It will give you much of the power and functionality of the desktop applications using any Java enabled browser.

NO DOWNLOAD REQUIRED!

Blabbelon v3.0 is a massive upgrade on our last release both in terms of web app functionality and the features now available on Blabbelon as a whole. It is FREE to use, as are all Blabbelon Products, so you can stay in touch with your friends, fellow gamers and guilds at all times. You'll never miss anything or be out of touch ever again!

Get Connected. Stay Connected.

Blabbelon is also and available for Windows OS Windows (XP SP2+), Mac OS X Mac OS X (10.5+), iPad (iOS 4.2+), iPhone (iOS 4.2+).


For a full list of all the amazing new features you'll find on Blabbelon click here.



Start Up

When you arrive at blabbelontalk.com the first thing you'll see is the login and sign up page. It's worth checking it from time to time, becuase we'll be posting information about new releases and competitions here.

Log in

If you already have an account, simply log in to Blabbelon by entering your email address and password in the fields provided and clicking 'Log in'. If you check 'Keep me logged in' you'll be logged in automatically on your next visit, unless you logged out before closing the browser.
*We recommend you don not check the box when using public computers, to prevent unwanted access to your account.

If you have forgotten your password, click 'Forgot your password?' with your email address entered in the field and we'll immediately email you a link to reset your password.


Sign Up

If you need to sign up for a FREE Blabbelon account, enter a valid email address in to the field provided, press sign up and your in! We will send you an account verification email, but this does not have to be actioned immediately. We want you to get started asap. When you're next on your email you can click the link to verify your new account.

We'll need you to accept our terms and conditions to create an account on Blabbelon.



The Interface

When you log in you'll be presented with the main interface. You'll notice that the left hand section lists your servers, friends and messages for easy navigation and management. The right hand, larger, section shows houses the interface for your current connection, text chat and media, as well as the Blabbelon Directory to help build your network. If you need help at any time, just click .


*When using Blabbelon in your browser you must, by necessity, be connected to a server or channel at all times.



Your Servers

To use Blabbelon you'll need some servers to connect with other users on. For those of you who are new to Blabbelon, servers and their channels are like rooms, where people can gather to talk, text chat and share media. You can either configure your own servers, enter a key if you have one, search the directory for public servers, or be invited by other users. Blabbelon allows you to have an unlimited number of servers on your account.

A typical server list might look like that shown here on the left. Each server is shown with it's channels listed below and your current server is always shown at the top.

At a glance you can see where all your freinds are and their current online presence.

Right click servers, channels and friends for options



If a server is public it will show the Public Icon icon on the left and if private Private Icon.
A channels public status is determined by that of the server.





There are four ways to add servers to your account;

  1. Add a server using a key.
  2. Configure your ownServer Config Icon.
  3. Search the directoryDirectory Icon.
  4. or be invited by another user.


Using Keys

A connection key is a identifier code unique to each each server or channel, much like the urls used by other VoIP products. On Blabbelon, however, they can be changed at any time by the owner with one button press, so you don't have to worry about losing control of user access.

Simply paste a key into the key field and hit return. Once verified you can be connected instantly and the server will appear on your list if you didn't have it already.



Configure servers

You'll need to enter some information to configure a server;

  1. A name for your server (required).
  2. Enter a password for another level of security (optional).

When you're ready, press 'Create' and we'll configure the server. This process doesn't take long and you'll see the progress clearly displayed on screen.

If you own a server, or are an admin of one, you can create channels. Click here to find out how.



Search the directory

We've set Blabbelon up to make it as easy as possible to hook up with other users to either just chat or join PUGs.

Enter all or part of a server name into the field and press 'Search'.

You'll see information shown for each result listed.

  1. Name
  2. Who owns it
  3. User stats
  4. or if a password is required.
  5. For information on requesting passwords click here.

To add one of the servers displayed, select it and confirm your selection. The server will added to your list and you'll be able to connect immediately.


Another way to gain access to a server is to be invited by another user. See the Messaging section for more details.




Connecting to Servers and Channels.

To connect to a server or channel simply select it from the list. With Blabbelon, you are, in effect, connected to all your servers at once and can therefore see what's happening in all of them at any time. What we call a server is what you may know from other similar services, as the server's 'lobby'. This means that you can connect to channels on different servers with ease and without having to connect to the server first, freeing you up to move around your network.




Your Friends

The friends list shows all of your contacts on Blabbelon and their current online presence, with active users at the top and offline or pending friend requests below. If right click a friend in the list you can view their profiles, send them a message or invitation or delete them from your contacts.

At the bottom of the list you'll find any friend groups you have created. Click here for more information on grouping friends and the benefits of doing so.


The Friends Tab

The friends tab indicates how many of your friends are currently logged into Blabbelon.

At the top you'll find shortcuts to;

  1. Find and add friendsFind Friends Icon
  2. create new friend groupsAdd Group Icon
  3. Send a text message Text Message Icon
  4. Send a voice message Voice Message Icon



Presence

  1. - Online
  2. - Away
  3. - Not Available
  4. - Offline
  5. - Friend request pending

You can change your own presence setting on the account options bar, at the top of the browser window.

Search the directory for users

We've set Blabbelon up to make it as easy as possible to find other users so you can create a network of friends.

Enter all or part of a user's alias, name or email address into the field and press 'Search'.

You'll see basic profile information and avatar shown for each result listed.

To add one of the users displayed, select them, view and confirm you want to send them a request. You can also add your own message.

The user will added to your list immediately, but remain in a friendship pending state until they action your request.



User Profiles

A user's profile will display any information about themselves that they have chosen to share with other users. At the very least it will show their alias, the only thing on Blabbelon that cannot be private. They may have included other personal information such as their name, location, website URL etc or have uploaded their own avatar to make themselves easily identifiable.



From a user's profile, you can;

  1. Send them a message or invitation.
  2. Delete them as a friend.
  3. Add them as a friend, if they are not already.



Friend Groups

Creating friend groups

Click the Add Group Icon shortcut icon to open the 'Create a group' dialogue.

Enter a name for your new group into the field and press 'Create'. Your new group will appear at the bottom of your friends list.

To add uses to your groups, drag them from the friends list and drop them in a group.

To delete a group, right click on it and select delete.



Connected to Servers and Channels
Connection Shortcuts

The current key is displayed at the top of the view.

If you enter a different key into the field and press return, you'll be connected immediately and the server added to your list, if not there already.


  1. Change the connection key .*
  2. Tweet directly from Blabbelon .
  3. Send a chat invitation .

*Some functionality is only available to admins or owners of the connection.



Push-To-Talk and Hotkeys

To join the conversation, push and speak. Alternatively, you can set a hotkey. Press your hotkey to be heard. The hotkey will work at any time, even if your browser is not visible and your are working on something else or are using a different program.


Admin Functions

Each user's has their admin level displayed beside their name, on the right. If a user owns the connection you will see the icon and if they are an admin, you will see a icon.

Similarly, if a user has been silenced on the connection, it will be indicated by .

If you are an admin or owner of the connection, you can perform available admin functions by right clicking a user and making a selection.

The possible options are;
  1. Promote or Demote
  2. Ban or Unban
  3. Revoke Access



Messaging

The Blabbelon network messaging protocol offers a number of different message types to make your experience easier and more enjoyable. You can send Chat invitations , Friend Requests Find Friends Icon , Text Messages Text Message Icon , Voice Messages Voice Message Icon , Password Requests and Email invitations to people who have not yet seen the light and signed up!

All Blabbelon messaging is contextual for your convenience. If you're creating the new message from a user's profile, for example, they will be pre-selected as the recipient and, likewise, if you are currently connected or are inviting from a connection's detail view, this connection will be selected by default for invitations. Both of these, however, can be changed. We find it makes the user experience much better.


Sending Messages and Invitations

Chat Invitations are pretty much self explanatory!
If not completed as desired, select a user and connection to invite the user to join you on. You also have the option of adding your own message. The recipient will see the message on their message list instantly and have the option to accept or decline.
Find Friends Icon Friend Requests are, again, as you would expect. After choosing to add a user from the directory search results, you can enter your own message before sending the request. The recipient will have the option to accept or decline. The user will be shown in your list immediately, however, but be in a pending state until they action your request.
Text Message Icon Text messages are what we are all used to these days.
Choose a friend to message if the pre-selected user is not who you are looking to contact, enter your message and hit 'Send'.
Voice Message Icon New to version 3 is voice messaging. Again, probably no explanation required.
Choose a friend to message , record your message, review it and rerecord if necessary. Then hit 'Send'.
Request Password messages are an easy way of contacting the owner of a server or channel. If you have a connection on your list but don't know the password, you can choose to request it, you can add a message of your own in the field provided, and hit 'Send'. The owner will be asked to grant or deny you access. If they grant you access, we'll contact you with the password.
Email invites enable you to email someone who is not yet registered with Blabbelon. Complete the form as an invitation an we'll email them for you. The email they receive will have your message included and include a link to get the started. It may be best, however, to search their email first.

Receiving Messages and Invitations

1) If you receive a chat invitation, someone is asking to meet you on a server or channel. You will have the the option to accept or decline. If you accept the server will be added to your list if it is not already. If you already have it, you'll also have the option to connect right away.

2) Friend Requests are other Blabbelon users asking you to join their network. You have the option to accept or decline the gesture. If you accept, they will be added to your list and you can start interacting with them.

3) Text messages are what we are all used to these days.
You can reply and/or delete it when convenient.

4) New to version 3 is voice messaging. Again, probably no explanation required.
You can reply and/or delete it when convenient.

5) You'll receive password requests when someone wants access to a passworded connection you own.
You can either send the password or deny the request.

Your Profile

Your profile allows you to personalize and specify information about yourself to share with other Blabbelon users, such as name, location or your website URL. At your discretion, you can enter as much or as little information about yourself as you like and set your privacy settings to share or hide it from others, with the exception of your alias which must be public. We take privacy very seriously, and give you full control over which information is private or public.
Blabbelon will never forward your personal information to any third parties for spam or other solicitations.


Editing your profile

Select any row on your profile and edit the information. Make sure the radio button is set to public if you want other user's to know something about you.

In addition to your information you can also upload an avatar for yourself. This will be seen by user's in a number of places on Blabbelon. It is a good way for other user's to find you easily. Press 'Upload Image' to customise your image and choose an image file to upload.


Press 'Save' when finished.


Note: There are further account preferences you can change in the settings section.



Twitter

With your permission, we can sync Blabbelon with your Twitter account. Select 'Pair my Twitter account' and enter your twitter account details on the authorization page that is displayed. This is Twitter's own web page. They'll confirm everything securely and you'll be redirected back to blabbelontalk.com when you're done.

After your Blabbelon account is linked with your Twitter account, you can press the button at any time while connected to a server or channel. The Twitter window will open and you can tweet quickly and easily, without missing anything.

Select the 'Include a link' box and add the key to your current connection so others can join you immediately.



Settings
Set Your Hotkey

If you select 'Settings' on the top options bar a dialogue will open. Here you can choose a your push-to-talk hotkey. This will save you having to press the on screen button and therefore means you can be working (or playing) on something else on your computer yet still be able to join the conversation. You can select any of the computer's modifier keys.



Change Your Account Password

You can also change your Blabbelon account password in this window. Passwords must be between 6 and 32 characters long. We suggest something memorable, but not obvious. This ways your Blabbelon account will be secure. Complete the fields and press 'Save'.



Notifications
Growl Messages

When you're logged into your account you'll be kept apprised of your account activity, who's coming and going and your connection status by growl messages that will pop up to alert you.



Feedback
Have your say!

We are constantly working to improve Blabbelon, not just the web version, but all of our clients. If you have any comments or suggestions please send them to us. Just click We read them all and while we hope you'll not find any bugs or have technical problems, if you report them to us we can fix them right away. We want you to have the best voice chat experience possible and we'll work tirelessly to deliver.

Thanks for your support,

The Blabbelon Team.