[FoRK] any IM experts here

Ian Andrew Bell <hello at ianbell.com> on Thu Mar 29 16:25:21 PDT 2007

Most of the companies doing IM proxying of one sort or another are  
using libgaim:


.. this includes Meebo.  And most choose the "beg for forgiveness"  
versus the associated bullshit of "asking permission" from the  
various IM networks, whom are now a bit more wary of cutting off  
companies who choose to write client software for their networks as a  
result of DoJ actions against AOL and AOL's agreement regarding AIM.


On 29-Mar-07, at 9:52 AM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:

> A number of companies have agreements with AOL and probably others  
> for commercial access.  I'm sure they have anti-abuse requirements  
> and some kind of revenue sharing to make up for lost advertising  
> revenue, but it's possible.
> sdw
> Luis Villa wrote:
>> On 3/29/07, Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
>>>  I'm sure that I'm way out of date and Yahoo/AIM have
>>> gone to an open service in the last few years, so they can't be a
>>> problem these days...
>> They still aren't open per se but they have apparently stopped trying
>> to regularly change things so as to block open source clients. I'd  
>> bet
>> they'd still take legal action against commercial providers, or else
>> Google would be all over interop.
>> Luis
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