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Discord vs Google Hangouts: What are the differences?


Discord and Google Hangouts are both popular communication platforms, but they have distinct differences that make each suitable for different needs.

  1. Interface and Customization: Discord offers a more customizable and visually appealing interface compared to Google Hangouts, allowing users to personalize their experience with themes, plugins, and custom emojis. On the other hand, Google Hangouts has a simpler design with fewer customization options, making it easier for users who prefer a streamlined communication platform.

  2. Community and Networking: Discord is known for its strong focus on building communities and networking, making it a popular choice for gamers, content creators, and niche interest groups. It provides features like servers, channels, and roles that facilitate communication and collaboration within a community. In contrast, Google Hangouts is more suited for professional settings, offering seamless integration with other Google services like G Suite for business communication.

  3. Multi-Platform Support: Discord is available across a wide range of platforms, including desktop, web, and mobile devices, ensuring seamless communication regardless of the device being used. Google Hangouts also offers multi-platform support, but its integration with Google services makes it particularly convenient for users who already use G Suite for their professional needs.

  4. Voice and Video Calls: Discord is well-known for its high-quality voice and video calls, especially for group conversations and gaming sessions. It offers features like low-latency communication, screen sharing, and voice activity detection, making it a preferred choice for real-time communication. Google Hangouts also supports voice and video calls, but it is more commonly used for one-on-one conversations or professional meetings.

  5. File Sharing and Collaboration: Discord allows users to share files, images, videos, and links within conversations, making it a versatile platform for collaboration and sharing content. While Google Hangouts also supports file sharing, its integration with Google Drive enables seamless collaboration on documents, presentations, and spreadsheets within the conversation interface.

In Summary, Discord excels in customization, community-building, and voice/video calls, making it ideal for gamers and niche interest groups, whereas Google Hangouts is better suited for professional communication with its simplicity, multi-platform support, and integration with G Suite.

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I want to host an online Jeopardy game with less than 30 participants. During each round of the game, I'll stream some videos. The point is to gather friends together to play the Jeopardy game and watch random stuff. Please let me know if there's a more suitable platform other than Discord and Zoom. Thanks, everyone!

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Head Devoloper/coder at Super Smash Eternal · | 2 upvotes · 184.4K views

Personally, I think that Discord works much better than anything else, even if you don't have Nitro (which is what they call their premium plan). You could seriously do this Jeopardy thing with just Discord (and maybe a bot to make it easier)

Zoom would only let you have a crappy meeting that hackers could easily join. Discord actually has DDoS protection, Zoom just has things that can easily be bypassed.

And if you do want Nitro, it's only $9/mo or $99/yr

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Decisions about Discord and Google Hangouts

as many people say that you can only hold 30 to 10 people in one discord call if you were to make a server and add a chat or a VC you can hold up to 99 which is more than zoom and you can also use the text chat, general chat or anything else that you add and the best part you can hold pretty much infinite people I have personally seen servers with up to 100k people in it. One of the better parts is that you don't necessarily have to download it you can search it up on google and make an account it's as easy as that. Another thing is due to the original purpose of the website/app is that it's very customizable meaning that your students can customize heir profile pictures and names, but not to worry in a discord server you can have it where only you can change their nicknames so let's say things get too confusing or you want to be able to see who they really are you can just change it to their name. One last thing I will say is that you can have customizable ranks and so on so if you desire to split people into teams you can do so and with that, you can customize what they can do like give people ranks or de-rank them. Like I mentioned earlier about VC's you can also screen share and do videos so you can see their screen or their face.

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Pros of Discord
Pros of Google Hangouts
  • 65
    Unlimited Users
  • 59
    Unlimited Channels
  • 55
    Easy to use
  • 51
    Voice Chat
  • 49
    Fast and easy set-ups and connections
  • 46
    Clean UI
  • 43
    Mobile Friendly
  • 43
  • 33
    Android App
  • 29
    Mention system
  • 27
    Customizable notifications on per channel basis
  • 26
    Customizable ranks/permissions
  • 22
    IOS app
  • 21
    Good code embedding
  • 19
    Vast Webhook Support
  • 16
    Dark mode
  • 14
    Easy context switching between work and home
  • 14
  • 13
    Great Communities
  • 12
    Very Resource Friendly
  • 12
  • 12
    Easy to develop for
  • 12
    Great Customer Support
  • 12
    Bot control
  • 11
    Video Call Conference
  • 11
    Video call meeting
  • 10
    Able to hold 99 people in one call
  • 10
    Sharing screen layer
  • 9
    Great browser experience
  • 9
  • 9
    Shares screen with other member
  • 9
    Easy Server Setup and joining system
  • 7
    Lower bandwidth requirements than competitors
  • 7
    Easy to code bots for
  • 6
  • 3
    Easily set up custom emoji
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    Cons of Discord
    Cons of Google Hangouts
    • 10
      Not as many integrations as Slack
    • 9
      For gamers
    • 5
      Limited file size
    • 4
      Sends data to US Gov
    • 4
      For everyone
    • 2
      Undescriptive in global ban reasons
    • 2
      Suspected Pedophiles in few servers
    • 1
      Unsupportive Support
    • 1
      High memory and CPU footprint
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      What is Discord?

      Discord is a modern free voice & text chat app for groups of gamers. Our resilient Erlang backend running on the cloud has built in DDoS protection with automatic server failover.

      What is Google Hangouts?

      Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group.

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      What are some alternatives to Discord and Google Hangouts?
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      Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.
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