BLUG is not only a Linux User Group, but also a GNU User Group. So we should use and promote Free Software and free contact solution exclusively.
Thus, we use and promote XMPP/Jabber for our daily use. You could find a public XMPP/Jabber service here. Our server also provide XMPP/Jabber service publicly, you can register via your XMPP/Jabber clients, give the server name blug.moe.
Then welcome you come to our event find friends that using XMPP/Jabber as their daily use replace proprietary instants messaging softwares.
Here is a Chinese version Quick Start (快速上手指南) for XMPP/Jabber.
Server: irc.gnu.org Port: 6697 with SSL enable, or 7001 Channel: #chinalug Nickname: any as you like
We welcome everyone join in, and if you use a XMPP/Jabber client, you could add friend firstname.lastname@example.org and follow instruction inside, it will sync IRC chat to your XMPP client.