Interesting interactions between Google Talk, Facebook Chat, and Adium

Late last week, I briefly gave Facebook Chat’s Jabber support a try, since there are still a few contacts on there that don’t regularly run another type of IM. As I altered the groups of some of the contacts, I noticed that Adium seemed to be trying to set it on the Google Talk account instead. It seemed a little confusing, but no ill effects.

Strangely today though, I started receiving bounces to my GMail account:

Subject: Delivery Status Notification (Delay)

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification



Delivery to the following recipient has been delayed:

Message will be retried for 1 more day(s)

Technical details of temporary failure:
DNS Error: Could not contact DNS servers

—– Original message —–

Subject: Brett Porter wants to chat


Brett Porter wants to stay in better touch using some of Google’s coolest new products.

Er, I want to do what?

I’m not sure if this is Adium messing up and trying to subscribe my Facebook contacts via Google Talk, or something intrinsic to how Jabber works with multiple servers, but it seems strange that Google would send out that sort of request on my behalf in this way. On the GMail interface you need to click through a few times to try and invite someone to Chat. I’d be interested in figuring out what is going on here.

Regardless, I’d already found that having all my Facebook contacts in my IM client at once is not really something I need and disabled the account. Besides, it was becoming disconcerting to see how much time my contacts (that aren’t using it from their IM) spent logged in to Facebook through the day!

3 responses to “Interesting interactions between Google Talk, Facebook Chat, and Adium

  1. I run Adium Beta so things probably differ. But I got that behavior only on the one facebook JID that I explicitly tied to my gmail JID. Sorry, I forget exactly how I did that – contact management in Adium bewilders me.

    Of course if I’d known that Facebook doesn’t support server/server yet I’d not have tried that.

    What ever gmail’s jabber system is doing in this situation it seems ill conceived on a few levels. (1) a JID isn’t an email address, (2) the sales pitch in that email is lame, …

  2. Oh. and i tied my facebook JID to my personal Jabber server (not to my gmail JID) so that’s probably different as well.

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