Online communication tool for small team
October 4, 2012 11:49 AM   Subscribe

What is a good online communication tool for a small group?

We are a team of 5 who all work in the same city but at different locations. We currently use MSN Messenger but need something else that will allow us to read the conversations that occurred when we were offline. We also need searching ability of the chat log. We would like to be able to include images/files in our chats but that is not a requirement. It needs to be free.
posted by allison00 to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Additionally, it would be very helpful if we could access this tool by iPad.
posted by allison00 at 11:54 AM on October 4, 2012

Google+ Hangouts
posted by rhizome at 11:54 AM on October 4, 2012

We use yammer but it is more like a Facebook wall than chatting.
posted by hariya at 11:56 AM on October 4, 2012

Hariya: I just looked into Yammer but found that the group can't be private if we have a free account.
posted by allison00 at 11:59 AM on October 4, 2012

Google+ / Google Hangouts?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:13 PM on October 4, 2012

campfire by 37signals is just what you're looking for.

(Whoops, good thing there's an edit window now. I missed that it has to be free. Sorry.)
posted by thatone at 12:23 PM on October 4, 2012

I have been using Facebook groups (not Fan pages) to carry on agenda-setting with groups. It's not public, you can upload files, invite people. the major bonus: everyone is there and there is nothing to install. YMMV
posted by parmanparman at 5:15 PM on October 4, 2012

We decided on Campfire as our solution, and it's working perfectly so far. As a team, we are going to shell out the $12/month rather than settle for a free not-as-good solution.
posted by allison00 at 3:33 PM on October 21, 2012

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