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RSS never blocks you or goes down: why social networks need to be decentralized

By Andy Oram
September 13, 2009

We may have been willing to build our virtual houses on shaky foundations might when they were temporary beach huts; but now we need to examine the ground on which many are proposing to build our virtual shopping malls and even our virtual federal offices. The next generation of social networking increasingly appears to require a decentralized, peer-to-peer infrastructure.

Four short links: 7 September 2009

By Nat Torkington
September 7, 2009

App Engine Now Supports XMPP (Jabber) -- messaging servers, whether XMPP or PubSubHubBub, are becoming an increasingly important way to loosely join the small pieces. Google's incorporation of XMPP into GAE reflects this (and the fact that Wave is built on XMPP). (via StPeter on Twitter) Snakes on the Web (Jacob Kaplan-Moss) -- The best way to predict the...

What Can You Do with XMPP?

What Can You Do with XMPP?
By Kathryn Barrett
May 4, 2009

XMPP: The Definitive Guide covers everything you need to know about Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). This open technology for real-time collaboration, social networking, microblogging, lightweight middleware, cloud computing, and more. This excerpt provides a high-level overview of the technology and introduces you to the ways it's being used. Read more about XMPP.

Cisco Gets the XMPP Message, Buys Jabber

Cisco Gets the XMPP Message, Buys Jabber
By Kurt Cagle
September 22, 2008

It's obvious that Cisco gets the message about the importance of XMPP to the future of the infrastructure of the web, and is placing its bets on the future of Jabber.

Breaking Down What's Happening on the Social Web

By David Recordon
July 18, 2008

The past few weeks, John McCrea, Joseph Smarr, and I have been shooting a 15 minute video podcast called Each week we try to break down what's happened in the Social Web in a way that is understandable so you don't have to be living and breathing this stuff. This week we discuss Meebo's announcement of Community Instant Messaging...

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