AOL has finally published the instant messaging standard used by AIM. Once again the incredible influence of is displayed. Only Monday I criticized AOL’s efforts to keep their instant messaging products proprietary, and as you can see, things have already changed. (Actually, yesterday was the deadline for submissions to the IETF working group on instant messaging, and I assume AOL wanted to get in under the wire.) If the AOL document is useful to you, save a local copy. Who knows when AOL will change their mind?