Fosdem.org has an interview with D.J. Adams of the Jabber project. "I was intrigued by the protocol; my entry point into the Jabber world was from the bottom up, so to speak. From day 1, I was
looking at the XML flowing between client and server. It looked like it was simple enough for me to understand. I like technologies
that I can understand :-) But it was more than that. I had been a user of IRC, mostly internally, to hold meetings with colleagues
who, like me, work remotely. I seem to remember wanting to try out replacing our IRC server with a Jabber server to see how it
worked, how it ticked."
January 3, 2002