A new way to chat with your favorite writers and creators

Try Chat now in the Substack iOS app

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Today we are launching Chat, a new space where subscribers can join conversations with the writers and creators you love most.

We are rolling this feature out gradually to writers and creators on Substack. You will see the Chat tab in your iOS app when publications you subscribe to turn it on. 

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Chat is a community space reimagined specifically for writers and creators—it’s like having a private social network with your favorite writer and fellow subscribers who, like you, sincerely appreciate their work. 

Why we built Chat

As the quality of writing on Substack has blossomed and comments sections lit up with intelligent discussions, subscriber communities began to take shape. Some enterprising writers have taken matters into their own hands, hacking together integrations with Discord, Slack, and Telegram to cultivate communities of supporters. 

For the last few months, our product teams have been working closely with a small group of writers to address this problem. The result is a simple-to-use space where writers can have more frequent conversations with the people who appreciate their work most. These are just the early days for Chat and all of Substack’s social features. There’s lots more to come!

Here are a few examples of how writers, podcasters, illustrators, journalists, comics creators and more are using Chat:

This Substack Reads publication will also be using Chat. Stop by our first thread and say hi:

If you’re have questions about Chat, visit our Chat FAQ, check out our getting started guide, or head to the support center.

Thank you to all of the writers who helped us test and build Chat: Bill Bishop, Wendy MacNaughton, Terrell Johnson, Elle Griffin, Haley Nahman, Marc Stein, Leslie Stephens, Bernard Hickey, Tic Toc Trading, Snowball.xyz, Hunter Harris, Darryl Cooper, 3 Worlds / 3 Moons, Jessica Reed Krauss, and The Isolation Journals. We couldn’t have built Chat without you.