Things aren't going to be used unless they are easy to use.
Instead of IRC, why not this?
It's $5, and it's much easier to open a new tab then to fire up an IRC
client, connect, set nicks, etc.
Matt Kolb wrote:
> On Oct 17, 2007, at 2:58 PM, Ray Hernandez wrote:
>> Since we are talking about collaboration, is there any interest in
>> "corporate" instant messaging? Our department has expressed interest
>> in the past in having instant messaging that would be internal to our
>> group. We haven't actually made the jump yet, but I have played
>> around with it.
>> We have toyed around with the idea of rolling out a Jabber server.
>> The software we liked was
>> It has support for LDAP and Kerberos, which makes it n easy fit for
>> us since we could use our MSU kerberos service for authentication.
>> The nice thing about Openfire is that it can interface with other
>> Jabber-compatible service providers so you can add people from
>> outside the university to your buddy list and it takes care of the
>> rest of the mojo.
>> I'd love to see a campus messaging service like that, but maybe
>> external providers are sufficient enough for our campus.
> We've been using IRC at ACNS for some years now
> (http://irc.acns.msu.edu). I'd like to see a chat server that was
> used more broadly (and was provisioned from centrally).
> I'm not a jabber fan, but I understand why it would make sense to
> choose that option. Do any other departments use IRC or other chat
> which they host?