Unlike a three-guys-in-a-garage startup, we don't have the luxury of scaling out infrastructure to keep pace with user growth; when your feature's userbase will go from 0 to 70 million practically overnight, scalability has to be baked in from the start.
The project I'm currently working on, Facebook Chat, offered a nice set of software engineering challenges: The most resource-intensive operation performed in a chat system is not sending messages.
We have been around since 23 March 2000 and, with your help, we hope to be around long into the future.
During your 30-day free trial of Hip Chat Plus, you will be able to use group video chat and screen sharing.Whether you're a first time visitor or a chat room veteran, we look forward to getting to know you. We are one of the oldest online communities and are committed to giving you the best experience possible. You can contact us at any time through our contact form.When we started out we simply displayed a list of popular chat rooms with no registration requirement. As our traffic grew, we added chat rooms of our own. However, in addition to our British chatters we have a large number of visitors from the United States, Ireland, Australia and Canada. We understand that without visitors like you, our rooms would be empty.If you choose not to upgrade during the trial period, you will be automatically downgraded to the free Lite package.One of the things I like most about working at Facebook is the ability to launch products that are (almost) immediately used by millions of people.