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The Digsby Source Opens Up to the Public!

Today is a great day for the open source community. At Tagged we leverage a good deal of open source technologies to scale and bring the best possible experience to our users. Today we are giving back to the community that has helped us in numerous ways by opening our Digsby source code to everyone. (Digsby, an application for IM, email and social network management, was brought under the Tagged brand last year.)

Over the past few months we have been working to bring Digsby into a more open-source friendly state. Our main goals were to make it easy to set up and develop. Furthermore, we wanted to sunset the Digsby servers as numerous services exist on the Internet that are more widely used and have very extensive APIs to accomplish the same synchronized experience.

We first started by removing the client’s dependency on our servers, but we also wanted to preserve all existing accounts for existing users. To do this properly we included a profile importer in the local account creation workflow to help ease the transitions of local accounts for our current users.

Next we wanted to make sure that we could set up a consistent environment for all developers. We tweaked our build process and made sure that everyone could build Digsby and all of its dependencies. This will allow a more powerful experience by letting anyone tinker with the building blocks of wxWidgets, WebKit and some of the other dependencies for Digsby.

We will be hosting Digsby on GitHub for anyone to access. From this point forward we will be building Digsby together, so your input will directly contribute to the future of Digsby!

Check out photos of the Digsby team and milestones on Flickr.

Jeffrey Rogiers was an original member of the Digsby team. He is now working on the Tagged mobile team as an Engineering Manager. You can follow him on Twitter.