Jabber is an XML-based open standard for instant messaging. Think of it as the basis for a kind of non-proprietary instant messenger. You can find free Jabber clients to install on your computer. Why would you want to do this? Because in support of this Chicago Western Suburbs writing community, I am giving out free Jabber accounts. This should allow members of our NaNoWriMo group to chat instantly with each other in a virtual NaNo meeting when online. I am hoping that this will help everyone support each other during the difficult times in November. To get your Jabber account, please send me an e-mail with your real name, your e-mail address, desired Jabber account name and password.
Update On Jabber Chatrooms
While DreamHost supports Jabber and I can setup Jabber accounts on my server, it appears that DreamHost does not support chat rooms :-(. So I am looking to setup a separate server somewhere... Will update this as progress is made.
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