I want to remind everyone that today is the second annual Open Discussion Day. The day where we celebrate and advocate open protocols and computing standards. One year ago today I set the goal to stop using proprietary “closed” IM protocols. Today I only use Jabber and I don’t miss the others. My friends and family can still contact me. They can still email me and the world has continued its orbital motion.
I invite everyone to participate in one of the following today (and hopefully into the future!):
- If you’ve partially moved yourself to the open chat protocol Jabber make the switch complete.
- If you don’t have a Jabber account go ahead and make one. Check out Jabber or even use your gmail account over Jabber. (see instructions here)
- Invite a friend to use Jabber whether it be via a new Jabber account or a gmail account. Spread the word and celebrate!
This year I plan on extending my goal to other open protocols and continue to set a personal standard and example to those around me.
- I will continue to advocate the use of Jabber.
- I will dedicate bandwidth and torrent seeds to the OpenOffice project download.
- I will support the Ogg Vorbis format and hardware that supports it.
I know it is a late reminder for those of you in Europe but for you in the US there is still time in the day to start a change. I invite you to pick something from the list–something you feel you can accomplish–and set it in motion. Protocols, standards and free software can’t continue to grow without each of us. Please try to do your part and celebrate Open Discussion Day!