A couple of months ago I wrote a post about 's user-first approach being part of the inspiration for @snikket_im

I praised Signal for this focus, but cautioned about their centralization of infrastructure and governance.

I didn't expect it to become relevant quite so soon 😞

This week confirmed that 1) Signal does not develop their code in the open 2) they are integrating in-app payments via a new privately-held cryptocurrency that the founder is involved with.


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Over the past 15 years of using #XMPP, I've seen many messengers come and go. People complain about the hassle of switching messengers, but many express a preference for the "simplicity" of gated gardens.... Do they count the cost of switching as well?

A truly sustainable messenger can only be a decentralized protocol, not just an app.

Learn how to join:
- joinjabber.org

Optional: but if you think about setting up your own server:
- sr.ht/~xamanu/xmpp-server
- snikket.org/service/quickstart

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We want to thank our EU MEP fedizen @echo_pbreyer as great advocate for #fediverse in EU parliament.

"The Commission provides information to the public via various commercial, closed-source and centralised social media [..] accessible only to users who agree to legally and ethically controversial practices. Thus far, it has not provided [..] platforms that support open-source social networking protocols such as #ActivityPub [..]"


#privacy #foss

@NGIZero @activitypub

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Version 6.3 of the client just got released and with several fixes (clicking on links, crashes with markdown formatting, sharing in public groups, issues with message corrections and groupchat layout)


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@snikket_im oh and also I'd like to thank @larma for his work on #XMPP as well as bringing the #CWA to #fdroid as @CCTG

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Oh sure, funding is certainly a big enabler. But Signal had to get to the point where it attracted that funding.

The sad truth is that almost nobody will fund a *protocol* 🙁

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New blog post: "Products vs Protocols: What Signal got right"

This extended version of @mattj's recent #FOSDEM talk explores the thinking behind Snikket, and what #XMPP and #decentralized protocols can learn from #Signal's success.

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Moya, a South African #XMPP-based #datafree messenger with almost 5 million users on Android is looking for an iOS developer.


Tomorrow morning I will be giving a talk for online. I'll be looking at the differences between building a protocol and a product. And also that inevitable question... is the ecosystem moving?! 🙂

Talk: fosdem.org/2021/schedule/event
Attending FOSDEM online: fosdem.org/2021/practical/onli

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The XMPP Standards Foundation develops the XMPP/Jabber instant messaging and voice/video calling standards. You can follow them at:

➡️ @xmpp

The official site is xmpp.org

It's a free open standard, so anyone can use it in their software and hardware.

#XMPP #Jabber #IM #InstantMessaging #Messaging #Messenger #FOSS #VOIP

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New job ad for a Converse developer on xmpp.work


Great opportunity for someone who wants to work with FOSS and standards.

I've worked with them before, can vouch for them and am available to answer questions and provide guidance.


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Snikket is a new XMPP/Jabber-based decentralised FOSS messenger service. You can follow at:

➡️ @snikket_im

The official website is snikket.org

It aims to make XMPP into a more viable alternative to Whatsapp etc by providing consistency in design and terminology.

(It's sort of how Mastodon made ActivityPub more mainstream, by using consistency to make it clear the instances are part of one network.)

#Snikket #XMPP #Jabber #Messaging #Messenger #WhatsApp #IM #FOSS #SelfHosting

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Tails natively ships with a #XMPP client. Currently Pidgin.
For security reason Tails is going to replace it.

New XMPP client that Tails is likely to natively install will be either @dino or @gajim

Some research about them and Tails requirements you can read here:
(keep in mind that it's a living paper)

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RT @iNPUTmice@twitter.com

Quicksy.im user count has grown by more than 30% over the last two weeks.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/iNPUTmice/status/1

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Development Update: In December, the profile window received a complete rework, adding state of the art vCard capabilities and a brand new profile picture selector to Gajim. Furthermore, Chat Markers have been improved and some bugs have been fixed.


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