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Google Authentication Update

By Andrei Soroker

Since Google Hangouts has absolutely no developer APIs, the authentication loophole used in the Sameroom Hangouts integration has always been a bit of a gamble.

Google finally killed the loophole a couple of weeks ago, preventing new users from signing into Sameroom with Hangouts, but leaving existing integrations intact.

(Aside from the small problem of not having an API, Hangouts has been one of the most reliable providers Sameroom supports: there have been virtually no outages in over a year of operation.)

Today we’re releasing a “fix” for our authentication problem by asking for your Google password.

For this to work, enable two-factor verification for your Google account—but not Google Prompt: Use the Google Authenticator method or SMS.

If you’re using Google Apps, an admin has to enable two-step verification for your domain.

Once you authenticate on Sameroom, Google will send you an email similar to this one:


This is expected.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Integrating Fleep with Google Hangouts Chat

The Fleep communication service is an alternative to Slack, HipChat, Flowdock, and Glip. Fleep differs from its competitors in a three key ways:

  • Fleep has a global user directory—you can connect with any Fleep user by adding their Fleep ID to a room;
  • Fleep works natively with email—you can easily send email to and from Fleep rooms;
  • Fleep doesn't yet have the concept of a "team", meaning you have to manually invite everyone to all company rooms. (This is a limitation, not a feature.)

In addition, Fleep currently offers unlimited history search to any number of users, for free.

As mentioned above, Fleep natively interoperates with email, but nothing else.

Therefore, if you're split between conversations on Fleep and Hangouts chat, you have to constantly switch between apps.

Instead of switching, you can bridge a Hangouts chat to a room in Fleep, thanks to the Fleep integration with Sameroom. Setting this up is straightforward.


First, make sure you've got a Fleep room ready—create a new one, if necessary. Then, follow these steps:

You can control the resulting Tube on your Sameroom Manage dashboard. If you'd like to fine-tune the way message appear on either side of the Tube, you can do this by adjusting posting options.

We're @sameroomhq on Twitter, if you have any questions or comments about the integration.

Connect Hangouts Chat and HipChat

By @abs

Google Hangouts chat often serves as the "substrate"—de facto IM system—at larger companies. "Hey, you there?" "We're getting coffee, want to come?"—this sort of stuff.

It works because it's so easy for people who "live" in Gmail to transition from email to IM and back, in the same interface. Solid mobile apps provide seamless continuitiy between desk and on-the-go communication.

Because so many companies run on Google Apps, Hangouts chat miraculously breaks through corporate firewalls to provide safe and secure federation both cross-company and between companies and individuals—contractors, consultants, or prospective employees.

As it usually happens to idyllic catholicons, this idyllic catholicon implodes as soon as it turns out that plenty of people do not live in Gmail and do not treat Hangouts as de facto anything.

In most technology companies, the makers—developers, testers, product designers and managers—are very likely to live in a communication system such as HipChat. Group, not 1-1 communication is most important to them. Equally important are the various advanced features, such as integrations with bug trackers, deployment, alerting, and payment systems, and—most importantly, it turns out—animated gifs, emoji, and anything else from the realm of culture.

As soon as corporate real-time communication islands emerge, email slowly crawls back out of the shadows—uglier, stronger, and meaner than ever before. (If you’re reading this, please call the police. I am stuck in a content writing camp in West Oakland, and my captor will not allow me to leave, until I have written 10,000 blog posts. Oh dear lord, save me!) Email feeds on people's time spent away from their children and spouses and laughs out loud at missed deadlines and broken promises.

There are many companies slugging it out in a race to fix this problem. We propose a somewhat unorthodox, but effective solution: let Hangouts users keep using Hangouts, let HipChat users keep using HipChat, and let them build invisible, real-time bridges between their islands with Sameroom.

Here's how it works.

Say, you have a 3-person group in Hangouts that desperately needs real-time access to the development team living in HipChat. Assuming you have access to the HipChat team, create a new room and invite everyone involved from development (or just use an existing room). Then, follow these steps:

  1. Add your Hangouts and HipChat accounts to;
  2. From choose your Hangouts group for Side A and HipChat room for Side B.

This will result in an always-live connection that enables meaningful cooperation between your islands. Email unhappy.

There are many other ways to make our Hangouts and HipChat integration work to your advantage. Reach out on Twitter and we'll quickly respond from Slack.

Connect Hangouts with Telegram

Telegram is a fast and reliable messaging service that works quite well in conditions of poor connectivity.

Hangouts is a messaging service where everyone you know has an account.

Both services use proprietary, closed protocols. Hence, a dilemma: how to use Telegram to chat with your contacts on Hangouts? (Or the other way around.)

Sameroom can help.

Add your Hangouts and Telegram accounts to and then open Tubes between contacts or groups on Telegram (side B) and contacts or groups on Hangouts (side A).

If you have any questions about getting this to work, please ping us on Twitter.

Connecting Facebook Messenger with Google Hangouts Chat

Note: this integration is no longer available

If you find yourself switching between Messenger and Hangouts all the time and wishing you didn’t have to do that, you’re in luck!

Sameroom lets you bridge a conversation in Hangouts with a chat in Messenger.

Getting started is easy: just add your Facebook and G+ accounts on and choose your conversations for side A and B via the Open a Tube flow (top menu).

If you have any questions, ping us on Twitter: