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How to Broadcast messages to Groups of users

I thought i would add this as i googled the crap out of it and couldent find nothing. This example uses Pidgin as the IM client.

1 - Firstly download the broadcast plugin

2 - create a new group and keep the name all lower case letters

3 - Add users to group, do not enable contact list group sharing

4 - In Pidgin go Buddies > Add Group and name it BROADCASTS or whatever you like

5 - Right click on the BROADCASTS group and choose add buddy

6 - Configure the new buddy with the full groupname.broadcast.openfireservername and give it an alias

Now you have a sub group in your contact list (in this case BROADCASTS) which contains distribution lists for mass messaging