Category Archives: jabber

Google killing XMPP federation with their Google Hangouts?

According to the Ars Technica article on Hangouts, we can expect Google to drop support for XMPP federation.

We should apparently be happy that Google is not dropping XMPP client-to-server connections.

The instant messaging space is apparently turning into a duopoly of Microsoft’s Skype and Google’s Hangouts with everyone else shoved to the sidelines. I’m not counting Facebook Chat as a serious alternative, and iMessage is not intended as an instant messaging service.

I hopefully don’t have to point out how much this frustrates and annoys me. Google is turning out to be worse than Microsoft ever was: they’re actively backpedaling on their past promises. They’re backstabbing the “open”. Scratch that — they’re throwing a stake through open’s heart, ripping it in pieces, then gorging on its still beating remains. Instead of reading RSS through Reader, we’re supposed to read custom posts via the closed and locked down Google+. They are killing iGoogle. They’re basically killing the open web and open Internet, while at the same time paying lip service to open.

Android, which is just-enough-Linux-but-not-really. Rich authorship markup, which requires two-way linking to Google+ instead of using the semantic web techniques.

I’ll keep on looking for ways to back out of Google ecosystem as much as possible. What’s next — Gmail that can’t send emails out?

libjingle with your own signaling or your own XMPP library

Just sharing the link here, since I was googling for far too long to dig it out.

How To Use STUN In Applications

It’s surprising this is found as a part of the manual for Maemo, the fantastic OS that moved in the right direction, but was practically abandoned by Nokia.

NOTE: This is apparently a guide for the outdated libjingle 0.3.0. I can’t find any guide for the new version of libjingle.

Facebook Chat on Jabber

If you use Facebook and XMPP, rejoice. You can now get spammed via your favorite Jabber client: iChat, Pidgin, Adium, Psi, Finch, Meebo or any other that allows you to configure custom server (gtalk not included).

Federationing not supported.

Probably a fail for privacy, but a win for openness.

Instructions

Username: username@chat.facebook.com
Server: chat.facebook.com
Port: 5222
SSL: No
Allow plaintext authentication: No

Your username is your “vanity URL” suffix, for example firstlast in http://www.facebook.com/firstlast – so create this alias if you didn’t already.

Meebo and Jabber

In case you didn’t know, Meebo has its own Jabber server. If you want to log into your Meebo account without a Javascript-capable browser just to contact your Meebo buddies (meaning you won’t be logging into MSN, etc.) you can just connect to Jabber domain “meebo.org” with your username. That is, “USERNAME@meebo.org“. Notice the .ORG instead of .COM.

Since I don’t usually use Meebo for contacting buddies, I can see one much greater benefit here: you can be contacted using MeeboMe Widgets without using Meebo itself. Great for providing tech support in case you need something like that, especially if it’s possible to log in from multiple workstations into same Jabber account like with Gtalk. I have yet not tried if this is possible, but I sincerely hope it is.

Meebo has just gotten perfect for me ;)