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Thread: Jabber surpasses ICQ




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    *I've been looking for a good excuse to start a thread on Jabber, and now I have one:

    <center>Jabber Instant Messaging User Base Surpasses ICQ
    Fast-Growing Open Network Overtakes IM Originator
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    Denver, CO - September 22, 2003 - According to ComScore Media Metrix, ICQ -- the original instant messaging (IM) service to gain mass popularity -- claimed a declining user base of 6 million in June of 2003. In this same time period, the Jabber Software Foundation (JSF) estimated that there were nearly 10 million end users of software based on the open Jabber/XMPP protocol. While it is difficult to count distinct Jabber users because the network is growing so fast and includes many servers on large corporate intranets, the JSF's estimate includes more than 4 million paying customers of Jabber, Inc.'s commercial software as well as an estimated 6 million users of open source and other commercial implementations of the Jabber/XMPP protocol.

    "This is a fascinating and somewhat ironic development given that the Jabber open source movement was originally designed to connect the users of disparate IM systems," said Peter Saint-Andre, executive director of the Jabber Software Foundation. "It is fascinating because ICQ was the 800 pound gorilla when the Jabber community got started in 1998, and ironic because up until earlier this year, Jabber was the only way of connecting AIM with ICQ. Perhaps we are simply relearning the lesson of email, which is that open protocols and distributed networks ultimately triumph over the closed systems offered by legacy service providers."
    the rest can be read here: http://www.jabber.org/press/2003-09-22.php


    I would think that with all the crap some of the larger proprietary IM services have been up to ( i.e. MSN and Yahoo, see this thread ) some you would be be fairly eager to try out something new, and probably better than what you are using now ;)

    http://www.jabber.org/

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    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Interesting... I wonder what percentage of users that still are registered as using ICQ are actually using Trillian, etc...

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    nice find mate :woot:
    Trillian Pro supports jabber now and that speaks lot in itself as trillian is one hot product for windows users.
    i say move in people, lets take on to Jabber :D
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