Nemeth: How Google pulled the plug on the public Jabber Network
Posted Jul 1, 2013 19:36 UTC (Mon) by khim
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What do you mean with ecosystem here? Services or products sold with or in addition to the IM service?
I think the sheer number of users is the most important metric. Metcalfe's law is just a rough approximation (when your network is too big some potential connections are not worth all that much), but it's still a good approximation.
Bigger networks can be displaced (hey, people switched from AIM and MSN Messenger to Skype and from BBM to WhatsApp, right?), but this is not an easy to do and I don't see when and how Jitsi will get it's billion of users.
For example I heard that Google Hangout even fails to interoperate with their own GTalk client on their own servers, not even talking about other vendors' clients or server.
Well, yeah, Google Hangout is pretty poor IM network right now (exactly because they decided to shoot not for the perfect interoperability with GTalk and other XMPP servers but for different things instead) but I can imagine the future where it'll take hold and will get this billion of users. I could not imagine such fate for the Jitsi-based network (a lot of vendors use XMPP for their own solutions but it does not help all that much if they also use proprietary undocumented extensions which are actively used by users of their networks).
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