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I think chat apps are the new todo list app. Everyone is building one and frankly they are all boring and don't offer anything significant.

I tend to agree. Instant messaging seems to be dying out in the workplace. I used to find it a highly effective mode of collaboration, especially in large enterprises. Small shops seem to leave it off the list. We cranked up Slack for my team of 15 devs, but since we are co-located it didn't add any value. I guess if you were trying to make a buck off the cloud an IRC SaaS solution might look like a good idea. I don't think Freenode has to worry. :)

It doesn't hurt that Meteor is basically a chat app out of the box. Just hook up the accounts component to the DDP component and voila.

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