Offer aim as a XMPP service
Offer aim as a XMPP service! Every user should be able to login to aim via XMPP by using a JID like firstname.lastname@example.org. AIM should enable s2s and XMPP.
+ Ubuntu and GNU/Linux users as well as users of any other OS) could use aim with a XMPP client of their choice
+ aim users could contact billions of other XMPP users
+ aim users could also interact with their Facebook friends (via transport)
AIM is killing of itself by refusing to federate with all other Jabber services.
Sure, opening up the federation interface would cause AIM to bleed users in the beginning - but as a closed network, AIM will loose.
Thomas B commented
I looked at the site you linked prior to reaching this page. All it states is that it's limited to select partners.
XMPP is an open protocol and, at least how that page reads, AIM is using it as yet another closed protocol. It pains me to say but WLM (windows live messenger) is using XMPP more openly than AOL. In fact, I'm currently connected to WLM through XMPP but cannot connect to AIM.
By utilizing such a closed protocol, AOL is limiting its user base. A limited user base is also one which tends to stagnate and eventually to find a better alternative.
børge roum commented
@Adam: An XMPP gateway is not what we're asking for! We're asking for AIM to be built on XMPP, just like how GTalk and Facebook Chat are XMPP.
@Adam Someone that uses google chat/talk with google apps and as a result uses a non @gmail.com address has to be a Partner to chat with AOL?
AdminAdam (Product Manager, AIM) commented
Hi Funatiker, for more info on XMPP, check out http://www.aim.com/xmpp
Dennis Andrew Gutowski Jr. commented
This is actually a brilliant suggestion.
Aim users are a small market in and of themselves. This makes using aim a much more flexible and much farther reaching tool.
If AOL still wants to make some advertising revenue, they can always offer a html based website client like yahoo or google, just to name a few.