Keep On Chatting in the Free World
Warning: this post is a bit technical. Yes, a lot of my posts are technical, but this one contains content that I think non-technical friends and family are likely to find useful. I’ve tried to keep it accessible, but also have endeavored to not spend all day writing it and want to keep it technically accurate. If you like to chat with me and currently use Google to do so, I would encourage you to read it. If there’s demand, Jennifer can attempt a translation or paraphrase.
One key word that will come up a lot here: XMPP. XMPP stands for ‘eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol’. It is a protocol for instant messaging (and some other things) that, like e-mail, allows users on different servers to talk with each other. Google’s chat service, Google Talk, uses XMPP under the hood. That is why you can chat with me using Google, even though my
<redacted>@elehack.net IM account is not with Google.