Google reinstates federated instant messaging
by John Sullivan, Executive Director, and Ward Vandewege, CTO
We reported a few weeks ago that Google had started blocking invites sent from non-Google Jabber servers.
This was done as a crude anti-spam measure.
We are happy to report that Google has since rolled out proper antispam filtering for its Jabber service, and has removed the invite block. This was announced a few days ago in another public mailing list post.
This means that users of Jabber servers like the one we provide for our members will once again be able to fully communicate with Google users.
We want to commend Google for doing the right thing and respecting the importance of full federation.