Back in my Netscape days, I was fuming that AOL had actually stumbled upon a bright idea in the guise of Instant Messaging. They only furthered my frustration by shoving their bright idea into my beloved Netscape Communicator. The question was, “How can a company whose target market are people who type with one finger be dictating the bits to an innovator such as Netscape?”
At the time, I had the bright idea to develop an open standard to AIM, but some brief pre-Google research revealed someone had beat me to it. Jabber was a fledging buzzword compliant protocol for instant messaging. Crap.
Jabber has evolved over the years, but, from my perspective, the buzz has been low key until Google slapped their name on it this morning.
While I won’t be using the Windows client, Google Talk (rather Jabber) supports iChat which means I can lump all of my buddy lists in one place. That’s handy. So, effective now, the new IM way to reach me is via Google Talk: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those new to Jabber, Google has provided a handy page for setting other Jabber clients to point at their servers.
[8/24/05 Update]: Right so, it’s called XMPP and not Jabber. YET JABBER JUST ROLLS OFF THE TONGUE. There appears to be no well-defined Mime type for XMPP. Bummer.