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Announcing Support for Facebook Messenger

by Andrei Soroker

UPDATE: As of April 25, 2016 the Sameroom Facebook integration is no longer available—sorry!

Of all the messengers out there (and there are, like, a lot), the Facebook one has by far the hipsterest domain: messenger.com. Radical!

To the outside world, the history of Facebook Messenger is shrouded in mystery. Why was it built with Erlang and then rewritten in, presumably, C++? Why was there an XMPP bridge, and then there wasn’t? Why was there a developer API, and then there wasn’t? Why is Facebook separating Messenger from the social network? Why did Facebook buy WhatsApp and then aggressively ramp up competition against it with Messenger?

Who knows.

One thing we do know is that Messenger is a gigantic walled garden, surrounded by a moat with lots of hungry alligators—it does not carry a hint of intention to interoperate with any other instant messaging systems. We explore some of the reasons behind this recent phenomenon in our post announcing our integration with Google Hangouts. And, for the record, we don’t believe Facebook has any other choice: landgrab is totally the way to go.

However, wouldn’t some interoperability be nice, every once in a while?

Yes, it would.

And, as of today, yes we can!

We can, with Sameroom:

  • Connect a group or private chat in Facebook Messenger to a group or private conversation in Skype
  • Connect a group or private chat in Facebook Messenger to a group or private chat in Google Hangouts
  • Connect a group or private chat in Facebook Messenger to a room (public, private, or DM) in HipChat
  • Connect a group or private chat in Facebook Messenger to a channel, group, or DM in Slack
  • Connect a group or private chat in Facebook Messenger to a flow in Flowdock
  • Connect a group or private chat in Facebook Messenger to a room in Campfire
  • Connect a group or private chat in Facebook Messenger to an IRC channel (certain networks only)
  • Connect a group or private chat in Facebook Messenger to a room or DM in Gitter
  • Connect a group or private chat in Facebook Messenger to a room in Fleep

Unfortunately, in order for all this to work, Sameroom needs your Facebook password. To learn about our approach to securing customer data, see Sameroom Security Overview.

We’re working on a series of educational posts and videos for this blog that will come with step-by-step instructions for using Facebook Messenger with Sameroom—keep an eye on our Twitter account (or RSS) for updates.

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