**posting here so it's at the top of a thread** here is how to get into chatstart by getting an account with an XMPP-friendly service
(the ones i know of are jabber and google talk). if you already have one, that will work fine. if you don't have one, and don't want to sign up directly with jabber or google, i can set up your very own jabber account @thisthingwedo.com. and you're pretty much guaranteed the user name you want, since there are currently only 2 addresses taken (that is, jigsawanalogy and reluctanttop).then get an IM client that will work with XMPP
(i know that pidgin will work, because that's what i use. go to for a list of clients and links to download them.instructions for configuring pidgin for the chat:
in the buddies menu at the top, click "join a chat." (you may want to choose "add a chat" so that it will show up in your buddy list.)
choose an account that is XMPP compatible (google talk or jabber work, i don't know what else will).
the room is "ttwd"
the server is "conference.jabber.thisthingwedo.com"
your handle is whatever you want it to be.
right now, there is no password.
so let me know if someone not on my computer/at my IP address is able to get it running, ok?
and PM me if you want a jabber account at thisthingwedo.com, because so far as i can tell, i have to add all accounts manually.