A company that was the cheerleader of the open web is rapidly turning its back on every single open standard they once championned. Their latest move, announced yesterday at Google I/O, appears to be closing XMPP server-to-server federation.
It is only a natural next step in a process started a while ago. Here is a quick, and probably not exhaustive recap:
- Google+ has no open RSS output, hence no PuSH support, no write API, in fact it has absolutely nothing open
- Google Reader is scrapped, along with RSS support within Chrome
- WebDav CalDav for Google Calendar is dropped in favor of their proprietary API
- XMPP is dropped, while 3 years ago it was at the core of their Wave efforts
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- Indiewebcamp: reclaim your social identity and content
- Unhosted: serverless web services
- Freeyourspeech: distributed communications
Update (May 19th 2013):
1) Two additional movements worth having a look at:
- W3C Federated Social Web community group: developing Best Practices for the Open Social Web
- Autonomo.us: Working towards free network services
2) It seems RSS in Chrome is back and that was a mistake. In addition, some users argued that CalDav support is not dropped but replaced by an "OAuth enabled" version and that it should not be a cause of concerns for third party developers. Not sure about that last one.