We now have a public Discord channel, you can the image below for the latest invite.
What is Discord you ask? Well its a freeware communication application that offers text and audio communications between users in a chat channel. Its really easy to use and can be accessed on a vast range of devices and platforms. (And yes frustrated Shoutbox users it retains a message history).
Both browser view and download for Discord are available from their main site here or you can download via your mobile app store.