Yes! My family all use XMPP with each other. And I started a project to make it easier for others to do the same.
If you're familiar with XMPP and/or a devoted sysadmin who prefers the DIY approach, see Prosody (the server Snikket uses).
I work on both projects, AMA 🙂
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