Google Talk Federates

The much awaited Google Talk federation is live. Gary Burd, the software engineer who works on GTalk writes over on the Google Talk Blog:

I flipped the switch to connect the Google Talk Service to the public XMPP network this morning. Google Talk users can now chat with users on other XMPP services and vice versa.

What this means is that now Google Talk’s XMPP servers can talk to other XMPP servers such as Earthlink and Gizmo Project. (I had written about GTalk-Gizmo Link Up earlier.) I am not sure if those two companies in specific have turned on the features, but essentially if you have your own Jabber server, you could talk to GTalk. Some have already had success in cross-server traffic exchange.

Earthlink confirms that Vling and Google Talk can play IM nice, thanks to the opening of the new federation. “Google has come forward and said they’d like to create a federation with us, and in so doing iron out a process for bringing new companies in to the group,” Earthlink says on its blog.