Chesspark Congratulates Facebook for Integrating XMPP

May 27, 2008, 01:00 ET from Chesspark

    SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Chesspark wishes to congratulate
 Facebook on supporting open instant messaging standards by announcing that
 their Facebook Chat product will use XMPP, the eXtensible Messaging and
 Presence Protocol, an open standard for instant messaging with nearly 10
 years of solid development behind it.
     "We've built the best stack for allowing companies to connect their
 applications to XMPP, allowing anyone wishing their web or desktop
 application to communicate over XMPP to do so seamlessly," states CEO Jack
 Moffitt, who is also on the board of directors of both the XMPP Standards
 Foundation, the organization that manages the XMPP specifications, and the Foundation (, known for its Open Source and
 royalty free multimedia standards such as Ogg Vorbis.
     Peter Saint-Andre, Executive Director of the XMPP Standards Foundation,
 notes: "Facebook's adoption of XMPP only adds to the critical mass of
 services that are using this open standard for messaging, presence, and
 other forms of real-time communication. It's becoming increasingly clear
 that XMPP adds a scalable, secure means for adding highly interactive
 interfaces to traditional web properties and social networking
     Chesspark's Jack Moffitt adds: "We look forward to more companies
 building XMPP support into their offerings. As the number of XMPP-enabled
 users, applications, and developers continues to grow, the opportunities
 for deep integration between HTTP and XMPP technologies will become
 increasingly apparent. As a result, OGG's toolset will provide even greater
 value to more organizations going forward. We are thrilled about the
     About the XMPP Standards Foundation
     The XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) builds open protocols for presence,
 instant messaging, and real-time communication and collaboration on top of
 the IETF's Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP), and also
 provides information and infrastructure to the worldwide community of
 Jabber/XMPP developers, service providers, and end users. Widely considered
 the lingua franca of instant messaging, XMPP is an Internet standard for
 presence, real-time messaging, and streaming Extensible Markup Language
 (XML) data that grew out of the popular Jabber open-source technologies
 first released in 1999. With approval of XMPP by the IETF in 2004, the XSF
 continues to develop XMPP extensions that meet the needs of its many
 stakeholders: open-source and commercial developers (including Apple, HP,
 Nokia, and Sun), organizations large and small (including the U.S. defense
 establishment and most Wall Street investment banks), Internet and mobile
 service providers (including Google, NTT, Portugal Telecom, Twitter, and
 Facebook), and an estimated 50+ million end users worldwide.
     About OGG, LLC / Chesspark
     OGG, LLC is a technology development organization, whose CEO Jack
 Moffitt is also on the board of directors of the XMPP Standards Foundation.
 Its first community Chesspark is an online community for chess players of
 all levels built on top of the XMPP instant messaging platform with both a
 rich web-based AJAX client and a more traditional Windows client. Members
 compete in tournaments, create profiles, join social groups, chat in public
 or private chat rooms, and have access to standard chess plus variants like
 Atomic, Crazyhouse and Chess960. Chesspark also hosts exhibitions by
 high-rated players and private lessons from masters enable students and
 novices to improve their skills. Chesspark is backed by angel investors
 Snake River Ventures LLC, Burnt Norton Inc. and Eaglebrook School.
     Contact: Brian Zisk (415) 564-0904 /
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