Gitter is used by many open source projects on GitHub for real-time chat. It’s kind of like Freenode IRC for the XXI century. If you’re offended by the previous sentence, don’t be: you can access Gitter rooms from your favorite IRC client.
HipChat, on the other hand, is almost never used by communities, since its pricing prohibits open source projects from retaining chat history. Instead, HipChat is largely used at for-profit companies.
What happens when a team from a for-profit company that uses HipChat decides to engage with an open source project that uses Gitter? Basically, split brain: the HipChat team will now have to maintain two chat clients: HipChat and Gitter.
Sameroom offers an elegant solution: create a Tube between a room in HipChat and a room in Gitter, and keep using HipChat. This approach comes with the additional possibility to involve HipChat team members who otherwise wouldn’t go out of their way to keep track of Gitter discussions.
Make sure have a HipChat room ready for mirroring everything from a room in Gitter; create one if necessary. Then:
- Step 1: Add you HipChat and Gitter accounts to Sameroom;
- Step 2: Open a Tube between your room in HipChat (Side A) and Gitter (Side B).
Once you do this, you can configure posting options, to fine-tune the way you messages look on either side of the Tube.
If you have any questions, holler!