Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th May 2013 00:45 UTC
Google "So in summary... Google has pulled the plug on support on a protocol they've helped popularize, after years of promising interoperability, for reasons that are dubious at best, and in a way that leaves people who don't jump to the new Hangouts app unable to talk to their contacts without any feedback that their IMs aren't getting through... And they've done that with no warning to anyone. I imagine there's a bunch of people out there wondering where some of their buddies have gone, or why their messages aren't getting responses, because this isn't documented anywhere." Google really messed this up. Such a dick move.
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Hey, if someone wants to go their own way and keep using their own proprietary IM protocol of choice, and I just say "go on ahead then," then how exactly is leaving them alone and making their own (often misinformed) choice only helping me? That's one less person I'll have on my "buddy list" or whatever you want to call it to bullshit with, and they'll continue to use whatever it is that they used to begin with. How exactly is that a win for me? It seems to me like the win would have been handed to the person who refused to be persuaded from the way I look at it.

I see it as simply a choice, one that I don't mind telling people the basics of and recommending that they at least give it a try, but if they don't like it and want to switch back, then why does it matter to me? And why would I want to find some way to basically force something onto someone else when they downright refuse? I mean, seriously, I like open standards--but I'm not going to go out of my way and make a game out of it, trying to force everyone I can to switch. In the end, it's their loss. Or win, depending on how you look at it--maybe they really do have too many people on their list who would be out of contact if they switched. Never know.

Win, loss--it all has different meanings in different contexts, and I'd prefer to neatly sidestep that mess and just call it what it really is in the end: a choice. One that, like any other, in not worth dedicating you life to trying to enforce, to the point where you're actually taking away choice. If in the end they choose to live in a sandbox, then fine with me. It's really up to them in the end.

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