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Comment The answer: XMPP (Score 4, Informative) 456

THere's already a solution for that: XMPP

The reason we don't see it is that the people that _are_ capable of supporting the necessary services behind it (like... for people that don't run their own servers) is that it's difficult to monetize. AIM dropped open support because too many folk use Adium or Pidgin with it, rather than the AIM client, and thus AOL couldn't push ads down it.

Google chat uses XMPP essentially... so if you want a well supported platform, that's it right there.

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