[Members] GTalk/AIM compatibility?

jehan at zemarmot.net jehan at zemarmot.net
Sat May 21 07:53:30 UTC 2011


Hi,

On Thu, 19 May 2011 21:10:23 -0600, Peter Saint-Andre
<stpeter at stpeter.im> wrote:
> On 5/19/11 8:25 PM, bear wrote:
> 
>> I was able to chat from GTalk <-> AIM just fine - both show the
>> updated roster and presence info.
>>
>> I was not able to add my AIM contact to my prosody server, it kept
>> saying that it was not able to contact the remote server.
> 
> It's selective federation. In essence they've whitelisted Google Talk
> and don't connect to anyone else. However, the fact that they have SRV
> records instead of just IP addresses that they tell only to Google
> indicates to me that they might have plans to open up federation more
> widely. Let's not forget that Google didn't federate at all for the
> first six months...

As we feared, though I like to keep hope and be positive as well.
Anyway that's a good first move in the right direction, especially 2
points: the SRV which has indeed no need in case of a private agreement
only (the SRV record is used to advertize a service support for a real
federation); and the fact they use XMPP as the interface between the 2
services. They could have interfaced GTalk and AIM in any ways, in some
proprietary protocol or anything. But they chose a XMPP server
interface, publicly advertized through DNS.

I would think it still deserves to be mentionned in a blog post. If not
for the client side (I think? Or are they using it now? And if not,
maybe soon! We all remember these tests AOL ran a few years ago and
people were able to connect to their AIM account through casual XMPP
clients:
http://florianjensen.com/2008/01/17/aol-adopting-xmpp-aka-jabber/ What
is the status of this old story nowaydays?), AIM has definitely (this
time, officially, not just as a test) adopted XMPP for S2S, even though
it is still in selective mode.

That's worth mentionning on xmpp.org, no?

Jehan

> Peter



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