Using Pidgin with our XMPP server at dukgo.com
If you don't know XMPP or Jabber, you should check out the Wikipedia page about it: http://wikipedia.org/wiki/XMPP. In general, it's an instant messaging service, like Yahoo Messenger, MSN, ICQ or Skype, to exchange messages live with other friends. As a client we suggest Pidgin, but there are many more clients for every platform and on any device. You can find a list here: http://xmpp.org/xmpp-software/clients/.
After downloading and installing Pidgin, go through the following steps:
Here you just need to hit "Add..." to make a new account
On this menu you need to choose XMPP for the protocol out of the dropdown. Then you can choose the username you want on the server. Your XMPP address will then be firstname.lastname@example.org. As the domain of course you must set dukgo.com :-). The resource can actually be empty, it's an optional value which "defines" your instance of the pidgin for others, if you have several locations you chat from. Now you can choose a password, which you can also directly, so that you don't need to remember it. The values under User Options are totally local and are all up to you.
If you don't have any account on our community platform yet, then it is important that you hit the small "Create this new account on the server" checkbox! If you are just using your existing account on our community platform, the checkbox must be off!
Then hit "Add" to get to the next step:
This is all prefilled, so you just hit the "Register" button to go on.
Yeah you did it! :-) Don't forget your password! :-) Now you actually need to do a bit more to use the account :)
You need to actually enable your account on this window, which should still be open for you. Just hit the small checkbox on the enabled row to activate your account as seen on the screenshot!
Now you can go and "Add Buddy" or "Add Chat" to get more out of the XMPP experience :-)
For example you can now add the DuckDuckGo Instant Messenger bot as your friend:
Then you have him in your buddy list, and you can click on him write him a message to get something like this:
You can also "Add Chat" to add our DuckDuckGo Jabber Conference, it will soon be linked to the IRC channel #duckduckgo on freenode, but we welcome everybody already :-). Of course you can "Autojoin" if you want :-)
So I hope you find this interesting and also ask your friends to play around with XMPP, it's generally the only way to get instant messaging with your friends without the tracking of a centralized service, but still with secured usernames.