Connecting the Ivory Tower to the Messy Marketplace

Adam Brault, a fellow member of the Board of Directors of the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) has, just hours after being elected, made an interesting suggestion to the XSF.

"I'd like to propose that the XSF uses IRC"

No, wait, it's not as mad as it sounds! As Adam points out IRC seems to be where a lot of our (developer) audience hangs out.

Shouldn't we go to that audience and introduce them to what XMPP can help them with over and above the chat capabilities it's often exclusively associated with? Adam mentions WebRTC and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

You can find out more about WebRTC from here and more about IoT pretty much everywhere ... if I have to sit through another presentation or read another article telling me how cool it'll be when my domestic appliances broadcast that I live like a slob, I'll scream.

Is there an alternative to staying in our XMPP fortress of solitude or jumping ship into IRC? Of course there is, why not speak with our potential IRC audience from the XMPP world by bridging the two?

After all gateways are available, <cough>, and they might even be made available for free. Let's connect the ivory tower and the messy marketplace Adam, isn't that what standards are all about?