[JDEV] Thoughts on AOL

Riyaad Miller RMiller at mweb.com
Thu Jan 10 07:13:49 CST 2002

Hi all....

Is there like any particular reason http://www.jabber.com should be dead?

Does this site still exist or is it merely a temp prob?

-----Original Message-----
From: dlb [mailto:civintel at home.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2002 11:10 PM
To: jdev at jabber.org
Subject: Re: [JDEV] Thoughts on AOL

One thing to consider regarding AOL is that they'll have to adopt some
measure of interoperability, either standards based or w/ specific competing
services , prior to launching IM enhanced  broadband  applications within
cable regions covered by the AOL - Time Warner consent decree.

I think that this argues for a focus on the continued development of Jabber
in its role as a user /resource aware XML messaging & routing architecture.
The fundamental extensibility of Jabber along with the work being done w/
XML-RPC and SOAP , and the design concepts being implemented w/ Jabber2 have
the potential to establish Jabber as the platform of choice for precisely
these sorts of applications.

I don't see any way of overcoming the network effects supporting the
existing AOL service - you're never going to get a significant number of AOL
IM users to adopt Jabber and AOL won't allow interop until they're forced
to.  One strategy that I think could work would be to position Jabber as a
competitor in the area of IM enhanced broadband apps and to deploy
applications and services within systems covered by the consent decree. AOL
isn't going to want a rival technology to gain a significant foothold in
this area and would eventually forward an interop proposal simply to enable
them to introduce rival applications.

preliminary work in this area could include :

Developing  OCAP (OpenCable Applications Platform) compatible jabber

Developing ATVEF based clients for Liberate / AOLTV - ATVEF is based on web
dev. standards .

Promoting Jabber as a 'platform' for next generation BB and ITV apps.

if anyone else is interested in this area pls contact me


jdev mailing list
jdev at jabber.org

More information about the JDev mailing list