With Google’s transition away from open federation in favor of “Hangouts” and PRISM being all but certain I decided it was a good time to find an alternative to my Google Talk account. I decided to set up a Jabber/XMPP server that is open for public registration and will federate with any xmpp server over the Internet and over Hyperboria and which is also accessible over Tor.
The service is called rows.io (yz6yiv2hxyagvwy6.onion on Tor).
To sign up, simply use any Jabber/XMPP client, like Pidgin, and add an XMPP connection with any email@example.com. Registration is handled in-band so you can simply check “create this account on the server” and you will have a new @rows.io account.
If connecting over Tor, enter the same info, but specify the connect server as yz6yiv2hxyagvwy6.onion and make sure it’s tunneling over your Tor proxy via SOCKS5.
You’ll then be able to chat with any Jabber/XMPP account over the internet or Hyperboria. And don’t forget to add me: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info at https://rows.io/