I have deployed a new site chat today. It is based on the venerable IRC (Internet Relay Chat). In fact, you can use your own IRC chat client (like XChat or mIRC in lieu of the Chat page.
Right now we're cruising at... TWO signed on users. Woot! :)
The site is now ready for beta testing. You can register and try all the features. We have profiles, searching, messaging, a blog engine, forums and a (rather rudimentary) chat. Registered members can upload photos to their profiles.
We have basic social networking features: You can mark users as your friend and write recommendations.
Let's see if it all works!