Just like MSN Messenger, or Yahoo! Messenger, or IRC chat, Jabber is another protocol. The difference is that is an open standard. Which means that there are multitudes of ways that you can communicate and use Jabber. There are lots of chat programs (clients) for most operating systems, even your mobile cellphone.
Your jabber ID (JID) is your unique username and it looks like an email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). The equivalent in MSN is email@example.com for example
In the Jabber protocol, there is something called ‘resources’, basically you can have different profiles for your one user.
So, if you have a firstname.lastname@example.org account, you can login as email@example.com/home or firstname.lastname@example.org/work. And each resource will have it’s own set of contacts that you specified.
There are many clients/programs available. All the good client will allow you to you login to your MSN/Yahoo!/ICQ/AOL accounts all at once! So, you don’t need to be running all those programs at once! You just need one.
(I guess that is what the Jabber protocol was created for: an all in one open standard. To prevent all these proprietory/commercial from springing up and allow convergence to a common protocol, but multiple platforms.)
There are programs for Windows, Linux, Mac, and J2ME (mobile cellphone).
Here is the link on the jabber.org site: Jabber.org clients list.
– another way to use your jabber account
You can chat online with your Jabber account using a webinterface.
So you don’t need to download any program or plugin to chat using your jabber account!
Here is one :
- jwchat.org – resource is specified under “Show more options”
- meebo.com – Great online client for Jabber, gtalk, MSN, Yahoo, AIM or ICQ.
I have created a free jabber user login and password for anyone to use! Username: email@example.com ; Password: guest1
So, that’s a firstname.lastname@example.org user! It’s not an email address or anything else!
So, just login to any resource you want!
I’ve already added my JabberID (JID) to the /guest1 resource. (My JID is defza @ defza . com)
You can use the online jabber client to try it out if you want ->
Jabber clients on your mobile cellphone!
- defza.com – I have a list of mobile cellphone j2me /midp /jar jabber clients.
jabberstudio.org – useful jabber list of jabber clients, servers, libraries etc.