Every few weeks we plan to roll out a few new features to Speeqe, and we have just launched several new things.
For those of you wanting to start your own room, please contact us. We’ll get you set up and you can start using Speeqe immediately. The only caveat is that Speeqe account creation is not live yet, so room participants must be anonymous or use an already existing Jabber account to log in. A Gmail account works great.
Private room messages are now supported and shown inline with the room chat. To send a private message you use ‘@’ addressing. For example, “@jack hi, jack!” will send a private message to the user whose nickname is jack.
Also, Speeqe will ignore private messages to your Jabber or Google Talk account. This means if you use Google Talk, you can still use Speeqe, and your direct private messages from your Google Talk contacts will still go to your Google Talk client. Only private room messages will appear in Speeqe.
Unfortunately, due to a bug in Google’s Jabber implementation, this causes the room occupant list not to load. We’re looking for a solution for this, and we will keep you posted.
Images Are Inlined
If you post a URL ending in “.png” or “.jpg”, the Speeqe site will automatically turn your link into a thumbnail image with a link to the original. You can also post images by using an HTML tag, but some properties will be ignored to prevent abuse.
You can also post YouTube videos using their HTML snippets, and the videos will appear in the room.
We’ll be working on making these types of features configurable by the room moderators and adding support for more types of URLs for automatic content expansion.
If you have any problems with Speeqe rooms, there is now a link at the top right called Submit Log. Clicking this will ask you for a short description and then sends the client side debugging information to use for analysis. Please note that this information will include any messages you send, even private ones. We promise not to make these available publicly or to use the information for any purpose except fixing Speeqe bugs.
We’re working hard on room logging, room history search, and a revamped version of the iPhone theme. In the meantime, enjoy the new stuff!