Indeed, cannibalizing a federated application-layer protocol into a centralized service is almost a sure recipe for a successful consumer product today. It’s what Slack did with IRC, what Facebook did with email, and what WhatsApp has done with XMPP. In each case, the federated service is stuck in time, while the centralized service is able to iterate into the modern world and beyond.

https://whispersystems.org/blog/the-ecosystem-is-moving/

#federation #xmpp #irc #slack #whatsapp #http #internet

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