Connecting to your ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo! friends
  • Design philosophy: The Jabber server that we run at jabber.open.ac.uk offers most of the available third-party gateways, so that once you become a user on our server, you may connect to the following services directly, and run a single 'universal' client to talk to any or all of these too: MSN, ICQ, and Yahoo! At the moment, AOL intermittently blocks Jabber interactions.
  • To set up this gateway capability you need to register with the appropriate ICQ/MSN/Yahoo or other service, which you can do directly using one of the following three techniques: (a) Go to the Jabber... Browse Services... menu, and look for the shortcuts to MSN... register or ICQ... register or Yahoo... register (b) you can establish these connections first outside of BuddySpace to ensure that they work correctly, e.g. using Yahoo Messenger or MSN Messegner or ICQ; (c) you can set them up using the following menu sequence: Jabber... Browse Services... ICQ/MSN/Yahoo Transport... jabber:iq:register... then follow the dialogue boxes from there.
  • MSN: In order to connect to your MSN account you will need an existing MSN username. In general, it will look like this: jbloggs@hotmail.com or jbloggs@passport.com. To add a contact such as fsmith@hotmail.com you would select 'Add contact' from the main BuddySpace screen or Roster menu, and enter the following as their Jabber ID:
    fsmith%hotmail.com@jabber-msn.open.ac.uk
  • ICQ: For ICQ, you need an ICQ number, which you can obtain from www.icq.com or another Jabber client that will let you create a new ICQ account. Having done that, you can add an ICQ contact as follows: supposing their ICQ number is (say) 1234567, then select 'Add contact' from the main BuddySpace screen or Roster menu, and enter the following as their Jabber ID:
    1234567@jabber-icq.open.ac.uk
  • Yahoo: The Yahoo! gateway works in the same manner as the above two. You will need a valid Yahoo! username, such as jbloggs. Then, to add your Yahoo friend fsmith you would Add contact' as above, and enter the following as their Jabber ID:
    fsmith@jabber-yahoo.open.ac.uk