[cryptography] why did OTR succeed in IM?

Jon Callas jon at callas.org
Sat Mar 23 13:25:38 EDT 2013


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On Mar 23, 2013, at 6:36 AM, Ben Laurie <ben at links.org> wrote:

> On 23 March 2013 09:25, ianG <iang at iang.org> wrote:
>> Someone on another list asked an interesting question:
>> 
>>     Why did OTR succeed in IM systems, where OpenPGP and x.509 did not?
> 
> Because Adium built it in?
> 

Yeah. And it just worked. It took me two hours to find a Jabber client that actually worked (Psi) and get Psi working with OpenPGP support, and even then it was just weird, from a UX perspective.

But there's also one other thing, and that is that there was no other real competitor. So:

* Greenfield advantage
* Better UX
* Better out-of-the-box experience.

	Jon




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