If there would exists a "Jabber Innovation Award 2007" I would definitely give it to Silicon Valley-based Meebo. Their platform, built on top of libgaim and jabber, offers the following things currently:
- Online Presence / chat widget embeddable at webpages
- Web interface and desktop client support for jabber (your account is email@example.com)
- Ad-hoc groupchat functions accessible from any network (through web interface) - most possibly based on MUC
- Embeddable groupchat (MUC) for webpages
- Media-recognition (youtube links are added to a media pool in a groupchat)
- Web-based filesending abilities, even for groupchat
- Platform-independent web-based plugin capabilities, including:
- Voice and videochat support with any users on any network
Pretty awesome list, isn't it?
I recommend to try it for yourself, as I said above, registering a meebo user means effectively having a jabber address - using other systems happen through gaim.
While we're trying to push out new XEPs, they realized two things:
- Web is the platform you should build on, because it's independent from nearly everything, yet quite popular
- If you have a disadvantage (being a browser-based client it isn't fashionable for geeks) you better start to innovate.
- Even if you're based on jabber, you should make sure protocol does not matter: it's the client which does the user experience
If we could only ask them, how they achieved this, and how we could make this a common knowledge of humanity and ourselves!
(The author still dreams of having an open meebo platform-like solution for desktop clients too through standardizing and WebKit/Gecko/CHtmlView)