1) there is a growing network of people working on a #public federated chat network based on XMPP. There has been a lot of activity in the space in recent years. This activity is partly due to the development sprints, many of which last year have been organized by @pep
2) a bunch of new (and existing) clients continue working on usability (cross platform, consistent UIs, support for mobile, end-to-end encryption). Particularly web clients such as ConverseJS by @jcbrand are promising.
3) A directory to search public discussion channels exists: https://search.jabbercat.org/rooms/1
4) Ongoing experimentation with what can be built on top of XMPP as a federated protocol by for example @Goffi
5) Conversations for Android has secured funding to implement a Voice / Video calls!
@rra video calls???!?!? now we're talking.
that would be the impetus i need to move away from signal.
@honigdachse I would appreciate that too but he is an XMPP dev in the first place, so I would consider to support him if you like his work, not because of his social network presence
also he said he would come to #Fediverse once it supports DNS records so he could use its own domain without necessarily having to host an instance
@Muto I already do support him every now and then ;) But I really saw nothing about that a/v feature before so I was a bit surprised!