Getting Yammer to work with IM on Google Apps for your domain

Our company uses Yammer so everyone can stay in touch and post status updates easily. One problem we’ve had is that the IM component wouldn’t work with our google talk accounts (we use Google Apps for our domain.) I discovered here that all we needed were some additional entries in DNS.
After following that doc, our settings for that service are as follows (trimmed for readability):

$ dig SRV _xmpp-server._tcp.familylink.com.
...
;; ANSWER SECTION:
_xmpp-server._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN SRV    5 0 5269 xmpp-server.l.google.com.
_xmpp-server._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN SRV    20 0 5269 xmpp-server1.l.google.com.
_xmpp-server._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN SRV    20 0 5269 xmpp-server2.l.google.com.
_xmpp-server._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN SRV    20 0 5269 xmpp-server3.l.google.com.
_xmpp-server._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN SRV    20 0 5269 xmpp-server4.l.google.com.
...

$ dig SRV _jabber._tcp.familylink.com.
...
;; ANSWER SECTION:
_jabber._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN     SRV     5 0 5269 xmpp-server.l.google.com.
_jabber._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN     SRV     20 0 5269 xmpp-server1.l.google.com.
_jabber._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN     SRV     20 0 5269 xmpp-server2.l.google.com.
_jabber._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN     SRV     20 0 5269 xmpp-server3.l.google.com.
_jabber._tcp.familylink.com. 600 IN     SRV     20 0 5269 xmpp-server4.l.google.com.
...

After making those changes, I was able to go into my yammer account and add my google talk account like normal. I assume the same thing will work with Twitter, if you use a google apps account for that (assuming IM is working on Twitter, which it hasn’t for months for me.)

It’s an easy fix for Yammer with your Google Apps account. I’m also in the process of setting up yammer for my family’s domain so we can stay in touch more easily. I think the thing I love most about Yammer is that I can send/receive updates from my phone.

Keep an eye out for some upcoming blog posts about ways to stay connected with your family (hint: Yammer is one of them)