In the last couple of months, I’ve been increasingly fascinated by XMPP; I said this to a colleague of mine, who reacted roughly as if I’d informed him that I now perceived time as simultaneous. Hey, it’s a tech company but not that techie. Specifically, however, I’ve become convinced that I was barking up the wrong tree with ORGANISE in thinking in terms of database-driven Web applications. For a start, I think these tend to guide the users into a read-heavy, discussion mode; inhaling huge threads, commenting, and then polling for answers. I want people to send things and take action.
And XMPP makes a lot of interesting things possible; it’s real time, it’s a push system, it’s bandwidth efficient, and it has the idea of collection nodes – communities nested in each other – natively, as well as support for a wide range of useful stuff, like sending form options/user interface controls in messages, doing complicated subscription options, and even doing OAuth over XMPP. Transports – servers which bridge other messaging systems into the XMPP namespace – could help it interwork with pretty much anything else.
So, basically, I’ve torn up the old spec and started afresh. There is a new document, version 0.5, and some changes to the design philosophy as well. And there’s a new kid, too – Jörg Wenck of many comments at Fistful has joined up. I want your comments.