Welcome to BetaChat, an online community unlike all others. We like to call it more of a family than just some random online community. Reason being, all the members of our community know each other on a personal level and have become great friends over the years. Check out this page to meet the staff and regulars!

BetaChat's been up and running since May 6th, 2006 and has gone through hell and back. Since it's more of a family than a rule-strict community, we don't have many rules or put restrictions on anybody that joins. We all flood a bit and talk pure crap half the time, but as long as you're playing nice with others you can do whatever you want. We believe that's what "fun" in an online community is defined as. We've seen some other communities and IRC networks out there that will punish/yell at you for using caps or cursing... wtf?? We're not like that. We actually like when people stay and make friends, so we don't do that.

BetaChat started on IRC in 2006 and remained the primary place of residence for the community's chatter. In 2008 or so, a Mumble server was provisioned, followed by a TeamSpeak server around 2009 or 2010. In early 2014 a Telegram Messenger group was created, but not really used until late 2015, where it has been the most active means of chatter among the community since.


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05/05/06 10:29:54PM: ZTecNet launched running Unreal3.2 and Anope!

06/2010: Switched to InspIRCd and Atheme due to popular request.

04/11/11: Changed the network name to TinyCrab.
04/14/11: Changed the network name back to ZTecNet. (nobody liked it)
09/22/11: Switched to ShadowIRCd, still running Atheme.
09/25/11: Switched back to InspIRCd. The ShadowIRCd switch was a massive fail xD (nobody liked this either)
12/24/11: The 2011 ZTecNet Christmas Eve Event, where an iPod Touch was given away and won by randomly-chosen winner Kait.

06/29/12: Switched to Charybdis after learning that Atheme support would no longer be provided to InspIRCd, among Inspire's many desync bugs and other issues.
07/20/12: Changed the network name from ZTecNet to TinyCrab.
11/02/12: Chicago Meetup: AJ, Zach, Nathan, Tim, Jon, and Noah meet up in Detroit/Chicago to share a meal, go to visit the scene and cast of Hardcore Pawn, and to visit a local apple store.
12/24/12: The 2012 TinyCrab Christmas Eve Event, where a pair of Incase Sonic headphones were given away to randomly-chosen winner Clay.

12/24/13: The 2013 TinyCrab Christmas Eve Event, where a $50 gift card was given away to the OnDeck winner.

02/04/14: New TinyCrab logos!
02/24/14: A group on Telegram Messenger was created for BetaChat
03/02/14: Changed the network name to BetaChat. Switched back to UnrealIRCd, continuing with Atheme services.
04/13/14: Corey met Kyle in California to make good bang.
05/10/14: Switched back to Charybdis IRCd, UnrealIRCd servers were splitting a lot.
12/24/14: The 2014 BetaChat Christmas Eve Event, where an Apple TV (sponsor Noah, winner Sm3gal), $50 Best Buy gift card (gifted by Mike), and $25 Amazon gift card (gifted by Nolan) were all given away to randomly-chosen winners.

12/24/15: The 2015 BetaChat Christmas Eve Event, where an HP stream laptop (gifted from Noah, winner Jakob) and $50 Amazon gift card (gifted by Tim) were given away to randomly-chosen winners.

07/16/16: Miami meetup: Taylor, Steve, Noah, Matt, and Christian meet up in Florida to make good bang on the beach.
12/24/16: The 2016 BetaChat Christmas Eve Event, where over $250 in gifts were exchanged between community members. A $100 Amazon gift card (from Tim) was won by Zach and $50 Amazon gift card (from Noah) was won by Jonny for placing first and second in the first-ever Live Quiz. A $15 iTunes gift card was gifted to Steve by Jonny, $10 Amazon gift card to Jesse R from Noah, another $10 Amazon gift card to Astra from Chris, $5 Amazon gift card to Chris from Noah, GTAV gift code to Astra and Rocket League gift code to Steve - both from Jonny, a betachat sticker pack to Sm3gal from Jad, and $25 ZTN Hosting credit to Ben from Noah. The first live video-chat was done for several of the giveaways.

03/27/2017: BCOM was created - a fun way to earn points and prizes for chatting and being a part of the community.
05/25/2017: Detroit Meetup: AJ, Annie, Nathan, Rachel, Corey, Nick, Zach, and Noah meet in the Detroit area; some for the second time. Some visited a datacenter, all went to Buffalo Wild Wings. Cams pieces were done at AJ's apartment. Nick was ambushed at his work by almost all.
05/27/2017: Chicago Meetup: AJ, Annie, Jonny, Tim, and Noah meet in Chicago. Some visited Jonny's house. Jonny's brother finally called "loud mouth." Portillos was visited. All met in downtown Chicago to go to go to Lou Malnati's for the best pizza ever, snuck into a very nice hotel to use the bathroom, and visited a flagship T-Mobile store. Stayed at Hotel Indigo, where all did cams and broadcast ridiculous music over local FM radio stations from the hotel room.