IM Interoperability: AOL + Google?

December 18, 2005

Social Networking, Technology

On my last post, I noted that network interoperability and identity trust are ideal – but difficult to achieve. The different platform providers have been loathe to open up their networks and customer base – possibly for fear that they would run into IM portability issues (just like wireless number portability in the telecom carrier market).

That issue notwithstanding, Yahoo and Microsoft did agree to some measure of interoperability serveral months ago. And the recent news from Google should lead everyone to expect Google and AOL interoperability – at some point in the future.

But despite these two spheres of integration, we still need to demand IM interoperability between all vendors. Only then will IM and presence gain the ubiquity and usefulness of email.




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