Spidering Jabber

2006-01-16

One of the things that makes the web work so well is search: type in what you're looking for and a search engine returns a whole bunch of page results. To me, the holy grail for Jabber is this: type in who you're looking for and a search engine returns a whole bunch of people results. ICQ has always had a basic search feature for people on the ICQ service, but I think we can do much better on the Jabber network. Here's why:

To make this dream a reality, we need two things:

  1. Folks need to starting linking to people and services on the Jabber/XMPP network (e.g., my Jabber ID is stpeter@jabber.org, I'm an admin for the jabber.org server, and I sometimes hang out in the jdev chatroom).
  2. Google (or someone very much like Google) needs to start spidering the Jabber/XMPP network by sending service discovery, vCard, and (soon) profile requests to xmpp: URIs.

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