Hello World; Meet Speeqe
We call it Speeqe, and it is group chat, simplified.
Group Chat Rocks
For years every company I’ve started or worked for has lived and breathed inside chat rooms. We communicate; we work; we play. Group chat is an indispensable medium for virtual or distributed companies, but it is also extremely useful for companies where everyone is in the same building.
Conversations can happen fast, or they can happen over the course of a day. If someone comes in late, they can scroll back and read all the previous chatter. If someone asks you a question when you’re not paying attention, the client can beep and let you know. Using multiple rooms can segment conversations by topics. These features make group chat a powerful tool.
Group Chat Sucks
Group chat has longed been ruled by Internet Relay Chat (IRC), a decades-old, simple protocol with mounds of veneer added to it over time. People have written better clients for IRC. People have created Web based group chat tools. Few have made any real progress to improve the state of the art.
With the exception of IRC and a small number of other services, group chat tends to be a walled garden. AIM has group chat, but you have to use AIM clients and everyone needs AIM accounts. Yahoo and MSN are carbon copies of this same model. Web based services like Campfire (and countless others) are proprietary as well.
It’s time to build a Web based group chat on top of open standards and modern technology, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
Speeqe is a hosted group chat solution where you can create as many rooms as you like. It is also a Web based interface to any XMPP Multi-User Chat room. Because public rooms are logged and these logs are searchable, Speeqe is a repository of knowledge similar to Google Groups or any of the blog search engines.
Speeqe has a simple AJAX powered, Web based interface that is easy for anyone to use. You can use Speeqe from any XMPP/Jabber account (for example, any GMail account will work), there is no need or requirement to create one. Even anonymous users with no account can create rooms and participate in them (assuming room permissions allow this). Any XMPP/Jabber client can connect to Speeqe rooms as well.
Check Out The Demo
Go to the Speeqe Web site to see a small demo of what is to come. We’re already using Speeqe internally to host all our company communication, and using the Speeqe Web interface to access the rooms. We plan to release early and often, and you should expect to see more in a few weeks.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions for Speeqe or for group chat in general. Leave a comment here, or feel free to email me.
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