Recently Facebook announced that he was opening up access to its chat protocol. this means that just about any instant messenger using the jabber protocol and interface with Facebook. This makes much more sense than having to try to maintain so many different types of interfaces and protocols just for instant messaging.
The Jabber protocol supports so many different functions and its universal, and it’s free. there’s no reason not to utilize that protocol; it’s been long enough and it’s time to standardize.
It doesn’t make any sense to keep developing proprietary messaging programs, with all the programs all support and perform in the same basic way. So much time and effort is wasted in fighting in separate directions. The actuality is that they need to come together and create a standard, and understanding with a desire to continuously support and develop that format.
Instead messaging programs like Digsby have done an excellent job of bringing all the Instant Messenger formats together into one singular application. The concept of using a single instant messaging program, for one service, just isn’t practical anymore. It’s a waste of time and it’s a waste of resources on the part of the computer user. Running multiple instant messaging applications is a waste of resources, and it’s just another application that you have to maintain.
You can take another instant messaging program like Pidgin; it’s an open-source project that’s been under development for several years and it’s very popular. Pidgin, like Digsby, has the ability to interface with multiple instant messaging applications seamlessly. Up until recently, Pidgin required plug-in to be able to interface with Facebook for its chat ability. Now that Facebook has opened up its chat access, the functionality in the application is going to be more stable and more standardized.
To make Facebook Chat available everywhere, we are using the technology Jabber (XMPP), an open messaging protocol supported by most instant messaging software, including iChat, Pidgin, Adium, Miranda and more.
In order to set up Facebook chat with any jabber client, you need the following information:
username: your Facebook username
resource: your hostname (computer’s name)
password: your Facebook account’s password
local alias: your name
While several jabber instant messaging clients have access to VoIP [voice over IP] and the ability to use a WebCam, not all instant messaging clients support this option, but this is actually a greater argument to standardize on any instant messaging protocol and to develop it to a high level.
I don’t use Hotmail [Microsoft messenger], or Yahoo messenger, or any other proprietary instant messaging program. While I’m using Digsby right now, I would never switch to another chat program unless it was able to handle multiple instant messaging protocols and be feature rich.
I understand that proprietary instant messaging programs should still exist, especially understanding the corporate environment and business requirements, but for everyday average instant messaging, there should be a standard that everyone agrees upon. And Jabber seems to be the protocol that everyone is leaning to.
This is why I think it’s time for the instant messaging protocol to be standardized on Jabber.
What instant messaging program do you use?
L. Henry Jr.