XMPP and Social Networking: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together!

2008-06-11

I've previously mentioned the explosion of interest in adding real-time features to social networking applications using XMPP technologies. The list of services that are deploying or even just exploring this combination of technologies reads like a who's who in the space: Twitter, Facebook, Mozilla's Songza and Bloxes and Weave, Yahoo's Fire Eagle, Dopplr, Jaiku, Seesmic, Sharpcast, Threadless, NewBay, Spotify, Gnip, OpenSpime, and many others (including some big ones that have not yet "decloaked").

If you're interested in XMPP and social networking, there are two upcoming events you might want to check out:

  1. On June 25th, I will be participating in a free webinar on the topic with Alex King of Crowd Favorite and Joe Hildebrand of Jabber Inc.. This will be a good way to dip your toes in the water and see what all the fuss is about.
  2. If you're a hardcore techno-geek, consider coming to the fifth XMPP Summit to be held on July 21st and 22nd in Portland, Oregon. This small, exclusive technology conference is held twice a year by the XMPP Standards Foundation and brings together some of the best minds in the XMPP developer community, this year including folks from many of the aforementioned companies. And it, too, is free!

If you can't make it to either of these events, don't despair: we also have a dedicated mailing list at social@xmpp.org for ongoing discussion of XMPP and social networking. They're two great tastes that taste great together! :)


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