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The xat website has evolved a lot since its creation in 1998. The timeline below provides a short summary of its history.

1998

xat was first founded as an Image Optimizer that allowed people to convert, resize and edit their images. One of the key features of the Image Optimizer was Digimarc digital watermarking that added copyright information to images.

xat.com - 1998
xat Image Optimizer - 1998

2000

The Image Optimizer became complex over time with more tools such as MagiCompression that can halve the size of images automatically.

xat.com - 2000

2001

"xatShow" was invented to make image slideshows and screensavers with various effects. It also allowed Flash or Java slideshows for websites and on your TV by using DVD or CD players.

Later on, WebSpeed Simulator was created to help design more efficient web pages by previewing your web page at the speed of real world dial-up connections.

xatshow - 2001
xat webspeed simulator - 2001

2005

The first rebranding of xat.com occurred. "xatquiz" was made to play and make your own quizzes that can be uploaded for others or burned to a DVD.

xatquiz - 2005

2006

Rebranding occurred again with a focus on chat boxes and web gear, described as "Free stuff for your website. Get a free poll, chat, room, quiz, slideshow and room 101 for your web site or MySpace." This was considered the first introduction to chat boxes, which also included smilies. The Lobby chat room was created as the first "group".

xat.com - 2006

2007

Lobby, Ignition, Flirt and Illusion were the first chatrooms to be created and advertised as actual groups. By late summer, xat was rebranded again to become a social network. Chat audies, the xat wiki and the community forum were introduced. Towards the end of 2007, the site was generally known for being very social through the promotion of various chats and a large growth of users.

Flirt chat group - 2007
xat.com - 2007
xat forum - 2007

2008

The ticket system was created for users to contact xat volunteers and admins concerning their accounts. By spring, subscriptions for xats and the transfer feature was introduced. Ultra smilies and kisses were also available to subscribed users.

Towards the end of the year, the group directory & universe page listed every chat that was ever made.

xat ticket system - 2008

2009

Powers were introduced, which lead to the creation of the trade engine and more demand for xat subscriptions. Purple was released as xat's first epic power.

Later on, Allpowers was established as a set of powers that gives you some extra abilities on the chat.

xat's first mobile platform (m.xat.com) was introduced, but was later scrapped for a mobile app instead. In September, xat officially launched a Twitter page to share news and updates.

A new security feature, account locking, was added to block any login attempts that are not coming from your home location.

Powers store - 2009
m.xat.com - 2009
xat Twitter - 2009
Xathistory-powers.png See all powers released in 2009

xat released a total of 59 powers (13 limited, 45 unlimited, 1 feature(s))

Smiley powers (14)
Limited: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fruit, Angel, Six, Diamond, Heart
Unlimited: Anime, Sport, Costumes, Hairf, Hairm, Hands
Feature(s) (1)
Allpowers
Pawns (1)
Unlimited: Pink
Epic powers (1)
Unlimited: Purple
Function powers (42)
Limited: Snowy, Gag, Fade, Boot, Clear
Unlimited: Stick, Count, Status, Hush, Num, Radio, Mute, Dood, Ttth, Sinbin, Guestself, Invisible, Superkick, Show, Octogram, Hexagon, Cycle, Nameglow, Square, Animate, Shuffle, Light, Blue, Green, Red, Hat, Tempmod, Nopc, Reghide, Noaudies, Mirror, Invert, Nofollow, Zoom, Mod8, Subhide, Topman

2010

The first group power, Banish, was released in store.

In addition, xat released the Supporter group power which lets you support your favourite chat group. Groups with the most assigned supporters appear at the top of the supported groups page on xat's homepage.

Supported groups - 2010
Xathistory-powers.png See all powers released in 2010

xat released a total of 50 powers (18 limited, 32 unlimited)

Smiley powers (15)
Limited: Ugly, Angry, Shocker, Adventure, Summer, Independence, Scifi, Military, Easter, Irish, Valentine
Unlimited: Fantasy, Silly, Circus, Party
Pawns (1)
Unlimited: Blueman
Epic powers (1)
Unlimited: Namecolor
Group powers (21)
Limited: Gkkitty, Gkbear, Fairy, Feast, Horror, Blastde, Gkaliens
Unlimited: Love, Gscol, Link, Winter, Blastkick, Bad, Blastban, Blastpro, Sea, Gcontrol, Supporter, Gline, Gkaoani, Banish
Function powers (12)
Unlimited: Barge, Single, Mint, Rapid, Flag, Tickle, Tempown, Bump, Nopm, Flashrank, Tempmem, DX

2011

Gifts were created for users to send presents and cards to other users, and being able to view them through the gift application on the chat.

Bot power was introduced for users to connect their own bot to their chatroom.

Gifts application - 2011
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xat released a total of 47 powers (25 limited, 2 unlimited)

Smiley powers (26)
Limited: Newyear, Sparta, Reindeer, Snowman, Manga, Kdog, Carve, Kchick, School, Nerd, Stoneage, Flower, Candy, Beach, Work, Wildwest, Outfit, Sins, Unwell, Hero
Unlimited: Peace, Punch, Kpeng, Dance, Space, Zodiac
Pawns (1)
Limited: Gold
Epic powers (1)
Unlimited: Gback
Group powers (12)
Limited: Spooky, Matchban, Spaceban, Gkpanda
Unlimited: Santa, Mazeban, Bot, Snakeban, Banpool, Animal, Rankpool, Announce
Function powers (7)
Unlimited: Dunce, Away, Silentm, Zap, Events, Music, Spin

2012

Facebook login was available during this time that showed a Facebook icon next to your homepage. However, this was scrapped later on. Account authentication was also made available for more account security.

Furthermore, the xavi feature was added to create custom face avatars, allowing for more customization through a selection of different head shapes, hairstyles, eyes etc. and games such as doodlerace, matchrace, snakerace and spacewar were released for even more entertainment.

EveryPower was made, giving you a ruby pawn if you have at least one of each power that xat has released but it was later changed to an Emerald pawn.

The auction system was finally made for users to bid for unique identification numbers (IDs) and powers.

Xavi application - 2012
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xat released a total of 48 powers (30 limited, 17 unlimited, 1 feature(s))

Smiley powers (34)
Limited: Quest2, Claus, Treefx, Vampyre, Drop, Clockfx, Pony, Poker, Kpig, Aliens, Olympic, Whirlfx, Drip, Vortexfx, Kbee, Nursing, Fuzzy, Blobby, Ksheep, Kat, Movie, Carnival, Kduck, Spy, Can
Unlimited: Glitterfx, Quest, Speech, Moustache, Jail, Spiralfx, Monster, Heartfx, Magicfx
Feature(s) (1)
EveryPower
Group powers (8)
Limited: SpaceWar, MatchRace
Unlimited: Lang, SnakeRace, DoodleRace, Gsound, Reverse, Codeban
Function powers (5)
Limited: Burningheart, Zip, Pulsefx
Unlimited: Typing, Topspin

2013

xat's website was revamped using the Bootstrap framework, which is the most popular HTML, CSS and JS framework.

Due to the strong diversity on the site, the translate system was developed on the wiki so that users of all cultures and languages can understand each other better.

xat.com - 2013
Xathistory-powers.png See all powers released in 2013

xat released a total of 56 powers (28 limited, 28 unlimited)

Smiley powers (42)
Limited: Hogmanay, Celebrate, Winterland, Blackfriday, Froggy, Piracy, Halloween2, Scary, Ani1, Eggy, Kdemon, Kangel, Fruities, Romance, Cuboid, Cactus, Wedding, Hair2f, Seaside, Kcow, Kfox, Eggs, Spring, Stylist, Kheart, Makeup, Eighties, Kmouse
Unlimited: Toys, Noel, Autumn, Weather, Sticky, Marriage, Phasefx, Fourth, Germ, Super, Sketch, Hands2, Kmonkey, Zombie
Group powers (6)
Unlimited: Zwhack, Redirect, Darts, Switch, Hearts, Vote
Function powers (8)
Unlimited: Badge, Kickall, Slotban, Statusglow, Led, Nuclear, Foe, Xavi

2014

The default smiley bar and free smilies were updated, giving a new stylized and fresh look.

Classic and new xat smilies - 2014
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xat released a total of 50 powers (29 limited, 21 unlimited)

Smiley powers (41)
Limited: Holidays, Reveal, Gamefx2, Blueoni, Creepy, Trickortreat, Ksun, Kmoon, Chocolate, Bird, Instruments, Blubunni, Coolz, Cutie, Ballfx, Gamefx, Hamster, Coffee, Springy, Butterflies, Snail, Tongues, Luck, Cupcake, Ladybug, Arachnid, Farm, Cooking
Unlimited: Lunar, Icebucket, Jump, Magic, Winner, Rocks, Worldcup, Dreams, Easteregg, Bitefx, Random, Sweetheart, Divorce
Epic powers (1)
Unlimited: Statuscolor
Group powers (4)
Unlimited: Manage, Summerflix, Eventstats, Springflix
Function powers (4)
Limited: Yellowcard
Unlimited: Size, Pcback, Naughtystep

2015

The ME power was established for more customization through users' xatspaces with almost no xat branding and much more CSS space.

Choirhug was released as xat's first hug power, an animation clip that can be sent in the main chat or private chat.

Mobilebeta allowed users to participate in the testing of the mobile version of xat for Android devices, but it is now just a regular smiley power.

Choirhug - 2015
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xat released a total of 50 powers (36 limited, 14 unlimited)

Smiley powers (40)
Limited: Ornaments, Beautifly, Tigers, Witch, Allhallows, Kstar, Roosters, Kandle, Glob, Reaper, Planets, Lions, Transport, Poke, Microbe, Shells, Vacation, Aquatic, Ceebear, Gothic, Aliblue, Shinobi, Floral, Eco, Beastie, Clouds, Tv, Birthday, Valfx, Amore, Jewelry, Retro, Egyptian
Unlimited: Precious, Me, Balloonfx, Pets, Mobilebeta, Easterlove, Oids
Epic powers (2)
Limited: Big
Unlimited: Redcard
Group powers (1)
Unlimited: Backup
Function powers (4)
Unlimited: Ranklock, Nick, Supercycle, Offset
Hug powers (3)
Limited: Fireworkshug, Sleighhug
Unlimited: Choirhug

2016

Both android and iOS apps were released in the app stores, providing a mobile platform for xat with features such as notifications from private chats, favorite groups, power store and more.

The community forum was updated with a new modern look featuring better notifications, a user club feature, a bug tracker and much more.

To celebrate xat's 10th anniversary, over 600 limited pawns became available as well as 42 free new smilies.

xat mobile app (iOS & Android) - 2016
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xat released a total of 50 powers (35 limited, 15 unlimited)

Smiley powers (19)
Limited: Sparklefx, Gobble, Cadet, Elephant, Kwolf, Summerland, Worm, Animegirl, Koala, Onion, Caterpillar, Mining, Lovemix, Paints, Ricebowl, Electricity, Masks
Unlimited: Comics, Earthday
Epic powers (3)
Unlimited: Nameflag, Namewave, Namegrad
Hug powers (24)
Limited: Battle, Christmix, Funfair, Graveyard, Boo, Fall, Meow, Popcorns, Aprincess, Tooth, Diva, Chores, Mom, Fools, Ebunny, Patrick
Unlimited: Fireworksfx, Tropicalxmas, Classic, Ten, Summerhug, Songkran, Easterland, Lovehug
Jinx powers (4)
Limited: Spacejinx, Eggjinx
Unlimited: Hangjinx, Jumblejinx

2017

xat Facebook was officially launched, a project ran by volunteers with help from the community. The idea was for it to be the opposite of xat's twitter, posting more interactive posts and updates around the whole community.

HTML5 chat development started, a change that was necessary due to Flash quickly becoming obsolete.

xat Facebook - 2017
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xat released a total of 53 powers (33 limited, 20 unlimited)

Smiley powers (34)
Limited: Xmasfactory, Kxmas, Fitness, Yoga, Plants, Skull, Owlie, Firefx, Nightmare, Cuticorn, Kloud, Minimon, Ghostmon, Splashfx, Drawn, Eggie, Hedgehog, Ribunny, Anichick, Foolsday, Toad, Spacefx, Mousie, Kgiraffe, Lovemix2, Mountain, Kaoears
Unlimited: Puppy, Travel, Fiesta, Broadcaster, Fishbowl, Neon, Lovefx
Pawns (1)
Unlimited: Ruby
Group powers (1)
Unlimited: Superblastban
Function powers (8)
Unlimited: Goodfriend, PCBR, Mark, Flgpwn, Silentban, Sline, Rapidreason, X2D
Hug powers (9)
Limited: Halloscroll, Octo, Kveggie, Kawaii, Earth, Lovetest
Unlimited: Flaghug, Xmasscroll, Wish

2018

The HTML5 beta chat was released to the public, which compared to Flash has a significant decrease in lag and features such as browser notifications, a new power view, an edit dialog with a live preview and much more.

xat introduced super powers, which are sets of current powers you need to make a collection. A collection gives you the ability to use old themed pawns. Superanime was the first super power collection.

Later on, a new web interface was released on xat's homepage and on HTML5 chats that gave xat a new modern look.

By late 2018, Appbot power was released to allow users to create custom applications and games to run in the chat, through the new Canvas application on HTML5.

xat HTML5 chat - 2018
xat.com - 2018
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xat released a total of 48 powers (27 limited, 17 unlimited, 4 collection(s))

Smiley powers (33)
Limited: Kactus, Snowflake, Wigs, Kcar, Glasses, Gorilla, Gesture, Suspense, Slimefx, Ktree, Raccoons, Glitch, Portalfx, Koffee, Baghead, Guineapig, Kitcup, Birdie, Hippos, Patrickfx, Accessory, Illusionfx, Nuts, Dragons, Sqanimal
Unlimited: Swordfx, Piggy, Muertos, Eyeeye, Money, Seasons, Bestfriend, Samba
Group powers (2)
Unlimited: Rankscroll, Superblastkick
Function powers (6)
Unlimited: Appbot, Faceoff, Opacity, Pcplus, Hats, Botstat
Collection(s) (4)
Superxmas, Superhalloween, Supersummer, Superanime
Hug powers (3)
Limited: Pizzas, Heartbreak
Unlimited: Cups

2019

Fido was the first sticker power, released in May 2019.