I just opened my conversation with Gabriel Engel, the founder of Rocket.Chat, and scrolled to its very beginning in August 2015:
We had a great exchange, but didn't get very far in terms of agreeing to work together. The conversation happened shortly after Rocket.Chat launched and Gabriel was still in the planning stages of his world domination strategy.
Over the next eighteen months, Rocket.Chat became quite popular and found a commercial niche among organizations looking for self-hosted, open-source, custom (or white-labelled) real-time collaboration solutions. And, as it eventually happens to all chat systems that experience success, interoperability—or lack thereof—came up.
I don't know the exact reason why Gabriel reached out to us with a request for integration, but he was serious: it was needed "asap" and we had the full attention of Bradley Hilton, a staff Rocket.Chat developer.
Bradley set us up with a staging environment running the latest build, we stood up a sameroom between Google Hangouts and Fleep for seamless, safe, and compliant cross-team communication, and, after just a few weeks of Bradley tweaking the Rocket.Chat protocol, the integration went live.
Today, we're happy to announce the integration of Rocket.Chat with Sameroom.io, which enables Rocket.Chat users to connect rooms and DMs from their home Rocket.Chat host with about two dozen other chat services, including Slack, Skype, HipChat, Google Hangouts, Mattermost, and Fleep.
For a list of all possible integration, visit https://sameroom.io/integrations/rocketchat-integrations.
If you have any questions or need help with the integration, ping us on Twitter or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.