, the universal chat protocol latterly known as XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol), has just celebrated its 12th birthday. Kicking off in January of 1999
, the open technology protocol for instant messaging then known as Jabber, quickly gained favor. But it wasn't until the formation of the XMPP working group in 2002, and then later the integration of the open protocol by Google, Aol, and many others to enable cross-protocol chatting, that XMPP became a household name.
So happy birthday XMPP, thanks for 12 years of open, multi-protocol chatting. It wouldn't have been the same without you.