[Members] Board & Council - have your say

Arc Riley arcriley at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 10:34:39 UTC 2015

On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 4:22 AM, David Banes <dbanes at cleartext.com> wrote:

> The walled gardens are back and here to stay in the consumer world but
> XMPP still has a role to play in the commercial and government sector but
> the Cisco's and Microsofts of the world could easily change that leaving
> XMPP a stalled legacy of the early internet.
I don't believe that's true.  Yes, proprietary IM networks have had a
resurgence, but we've seen a massive (and growing) increase in "social" - I
use this term in the broadest sense, and not just Facebook clones.

In the last 3 years I've had more clients approach me about "social"
webapps than everything else combined, from their "unique" ideas for mobile
dating apps to Facebook clones to music sharing to social gaming apps.
Every single one of them doomed to failure from the start unless they give
a large amount of control and flexibility to the existing walled garden
social networks. The amount of VC funding flying at "the next Facebook" is
completely absurd.

I think everyone here agrees - Federation is the killer feature XMPP
provides. With the right planning and leadership drive, we could position
XMPP to solve the fundamental problem that makes 99% of those ventures fail.

Developers are the key - not the developers on this mailing list, not even
the potential XSF members currently out there, but the kids out there
actually building the kind of mobile and web apps that everyone will be
using tomorrow, and appeal to their inner counter-culture activist with a
battle cry.  Make XMPP not only a solution to the catch-22 that a social
app must have users to attract users, but something they can grab on and
talk enthusiastically about.

I offer that as a lens to the problem rather than proposing my own
strategies as the ones everyone should adopt.
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