So, on the official day of its launch I had the opportunity to mess around with Campfire, the newest product from the guys at 37Signals. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Campfire is a group chat tool aimed to replace Instant Messaging for client based communication.
During the test phase I was able to chat in a public chat room hosted by Jim Coudal. It’s really the first time I’ve been able to actually have some fun with well known designers. Among some of the people who attended the chat were Jason Santa Maria, Cameron Moll, and Dan Cederholm. But that isn’t the best part. Before the chat session was ended I even had a chance to participate with all of them, sans JSM, in a match of Photoshop Tennis.
If you’d like to see the results of our Photoshop Tennis match then view the full size image at http://www.coudal.com/i/camtennis.jpg or to see who added what head over to the annoted image at my Flickr page
The bottom line is, Campfire is a great tool for any type of chat communication. With easy to use features like file uploading and inline document previews, Campfire has everything you need and none of the nonsense you don’t. There are multiple plans available, including a free plan which allows for 4 simultaneous chatters. For more information see campfirenow.com.
Please note that this is my own personal opinion. I wasn’t forced or bribed in any way to write this, but if anyone from 37Signals comes across it, feel free to add it to your testimonials.