Chat and the Social Panel
Path of Exile is an online game where you can talk, trade, and play with other players whenever you want.
The Chat Window:
There are several chat channels enabled by default, which can be toggled on and off using the buttons at the top of the chat window. You can also select which channel you want to talk in via the drop-down menu at the bottom.
The Social Panel:
The Social panel (Hotkey S) is where you can quickly access your friends list, guild and party. Once you add a friend, both their account name and character name will be visible to you. If they have a Hideout and have enabled their friends to enter it, you'll be able to enter their Hideout from this menu while in your own Hideout or a Town.
You can also use this panel to join public parties created by other players, or create your own.
Trading with Other Players:
If you're looking to buy, sell, or exchange items with another player, you can open the trade window by right-clicking a character in the world. If they're in your party, you can trade by right-clicking their character portrait. Items up for trade must be checked by each player before the trade can be completed, to ensure you know exactly what it is you're trading for.
Path of Exile's players come from all walks of life, and the Path of Exile community is an important part of what makes Path of Exile so much fun. So please remember to be respectful when you talk to other players.