As some of you may have read lately; Google has enabled XMPP on their Jabber servers so that anyone who has been using Google Talk is able to connect to any other Jabber user.
Jargon busting paragraph:
Jabber: A instant message protocol that acts more like email in that it uses multiple servers rather then using one server cluster controlled by the company running the IM service (eg. MSN). It's Open Source and works great. Jabber support was added by default in iChat 3.0.
XMPP: An ancronym for the technology used to allow Jabber servers to talk to each other; meaning email@example.com
can talk to firstname.lastname@example.org
if we each were running our own Jabber servers.
1) Get a Jabber Account - If you have a GMail account you're set. I don't have details on how to make one on Jabber.org right now.
2) Open iChat or Adium
3) Add the Jabber Account to iChat or Adium.
To do so just go to your preferences and go to the Accounts section. You then want to press the + button and choose Jabber account.
Your username (assuming GMail): email@example.com
Password: Is your password
The server is: talk.google.com not
See screenshots in the post below for help.
4) Connect to the Chat Room
a) Go to the File Menu and choose Go To Chat (Command Shift G)
b) The Chat room is: ehMac@conference.jabber.org
a) Using Adium, just choose join chat (Command Shift J)
b) Choose your jabber account, enter the chat room (ehMac) and the server (conference.jabber.org) and choose Join.
Again, see the screenshots below.
5) Enjoy the chat room!
Why did I even propose this change, or go through all the time to write this thread?
a) I wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about
b) Jabber chat rooms are much more stable, allow more people and even allow a topic in comparison to the AOL Instant Messenger version we are using.
c) This option seems to be the easiest for most people without having to resort to having learn something different like IRC.
Will this replace the AIM ehMac Chat Room?
I hope so, but we'll see if the Jabber one takes off or not at all.