Inspired by a blog post (many years ago) by the 37Signals team on their use of Campfire, their own chat application, I have been trying, unsuccessfully, to wean the development team off Windows Live Messenger, Skype, et al. for team chat.
I had been looking for a long, long time for something that would allow us to maintain long-lived (and searchable) chat archives, but that would also allow us to plug in some of our automated systems. Campfire itself didn’t work for us as it’s web-based, and no one was willing to give up the taskbar icon / notification process.
Cue HipChat – which we’ve been using for a few weeks now, and which I am now unilaterally declaring a hit. I thought it might be interesting to show how we use the chat, and how our build / vcs systems interact with the chat application, so here you are – Profero developer chat, now in colour (click to view full-size):