From: Adam Rifkin -4K (adam@XeNT.ics.uci.edu)
Date: Mon Jun 19 2000 - 18:51:13 PDT
Steve Williams wrote in http://www.xent.com/april00/1301.html :
> According to public AOL statements:
> 4 Million simultaneous users at peak
> 1 Billion IMs/day
> 2 MB/second = 173 GB/day = 20Mb+ avg. traffic, full duplex loading
> Nearly 12000 IMs/sec, average. My heuristic for public Internet services is
> that peak is 4 times average.
> That's an average of 250 IMs/person per day!
250 IMs/person/day does sound implausible. I know how many messages I'm
sending on my several AIM accounts and it's not nearly this many combined.
Still, it gives us a benchmark of what the owner of The World's Most
Popular IM System believes.
Dan Kohn wrote:
Wow. Aoki and Wick did a ton of work in writing this spec:
They have interesting company in the IMPP bakeoff...
...which range from the "rocket science" of Marshall Rose, Dave Crocker,
and Graham Kline
...to the populism of Jeremie Miller's Jabber
...to a slew of documents promoting SIP as the answer. (What was the
With eight proposals on the table, is the question now how to get these
to interoperate? (Actually, there are 9 proposals on the table if you
include Microsoft's RVP.)
Or is the question still, is IMPP worth doing at all?
With AOL and Microsoft officially supporting public specs, I do wonder
what the official corporate positions of IBM/Lotus, Yahoo, and
CMGi/TribalVoice are. Is this the Senate (one company, one vote) or the
house of representatives (the more users you have, the more you get to
dictate -- meaning everyone needs to listen to AOL)?
I did notice that AltaVista did some more chirping today.
> AltaVista Launches Instant Messaging Service
> Monday, June 19, 2000 06:20 PM
> PALO ALTO, Calif. (Dow Jones)--CMGI Inc.'s
> AltaVista Co. launched a text and voice instant messaging service
> designed to be compatible with all other Internet instant messenger
> In a press release Monday, the company said the service uses CMGI's
> Tribal Voice unit's PowWow technology, the same technology that powers
> Freeserve's Communicator and AT&T Worldnet IM Here service.
> A spokesman for Alta Vista wasn't immediately available to say whether
> its instant messaging service will work with America Online Inc.'s
> Instant Messenger and/or ICQ, both closed systems.
> Earlier Monday, America Online Inc. said it plans to
> start selling $250 television set-top boxes immediately that will let
> users chat and send instant messages while watching TV.
> The Journal reported June 14 that Federal Trade Commission
> investigators began inquiries about AOL's Instant Messenger in
> connection with the commissions anti-trust review of AOL's $113 buyout
> of Time Warner Inc.
> The Journal said that AOL's Instant Messenger and ICQ are closed
> systems that allow only registered users to communicate with each other;
> even the two systems are mutually exclusive.
> The Journal also said predictions about the growing importance of
> instant messaging have raised questions about the dominance of AOL,
> which has staved off encroachment from unlikely underdog Microsoft Corp.
> Though the Time Warner acquisition wouldn't add to AOL's instant
> messaging market share, The Journal said opening up the market to
> competition might become a condition of the merger.
> When reached for comment, a spokesman for CMGI's Tribal Voice said
> AltaVista Co.'s instant messaging service, though designed to be
> compatible with other Internet instant messenger services, will work
> with America Online's services only if AOL chooses to open its system.
> Notably, AltaVista's users will be able to exchange messages freely
> with users of Microsoft's open MSN Messenger Service, which is dueling
> with AOL for the coveted instant messaging market.
I'm a criminal Cuz everytime I write a rhyme These people think it's a crime to tell 'em what's on my mind -- Eminem, "Criminal"
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