Hotline Communications Limited (HCL) was a software company, based in Toronto, Canada, founded in 1997 with employees also in the United States and Australia, with the domain bigredh.com, serving as their official site address.

bigredh.com logo - official site for the hotline communications
bigredh.com logo – official site for the hotline communications

What they did.

Hotline enables private and public virtual community building and live interaction with real time chat, conferencing, messaging, data warehousing and file transfer and viewing — performed with minimal technical knowledge. It will be safe to say they had the whole social media idea first, but didnt stay too long to innovate things, which of course we have facebook, twitter and whatsapp to thank for doing.

Before their exit, the hotline communication had over two million people already using the Hotline softwae to exchange information and ideas.

From the company page:

Hotline adds a new dimension to online communications: real-time interaction. Hotline Connect is simple software that enables live communication through any personal computer. At this moment, people are gathered in the Hotline Network chatting, sending messages, holding news discussions and transferring files.

The Hotline Network is the real-time virtual network of online communities. More than three million people meet to share interests on over a thousand living online communities. With over 150,000 downloads per month, Hotline Connect is rapidly becoming a leading online communication tool. The Hotline Network is accessible with the Hotline Client, the first component of Hotline Connect.

In our today’s modern world, hotline vision is still alive, but of course not hotline or owned by the hotline communications. It is what we now know today as whatsapp, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, snapchat and the likes of other social instant messaging and communication networks..

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