Can't get enough of the thrill of talking to an inattentive friend via instant message? Awkward Chatbot
will have a halfhearted conversation with you at any
time of the day!
posted by schmod
on Mar 20, 2013 -
, by Sumit Dan. short story told in speculative chippy dialect.
Fucken AIbrid think he so fucking cool with he retrofleshy stylen. Like you don’t already know he dealin double-helix, not just some two-bit qubit.
posted by mwhybark
on Feb 6, 2009 -
Have you been salmoned?
I just met a stranger from Denver via the process of salmoning, in which a chatbot initiates an unexpected two-way conversation between two (apparently random) nicks, giving them both aliases ending with "salmon," and leaving both parties confused. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels
on Jun 14, 2008 -
Google's big announcement due on Wednesday.
Google is due to make an announcement on Wednesday of a new service focusing on presence and communication. The word on the internets is that it will be a chat and IM client. Google already has a chat client in the picture sharing app, Hello
, which is available in both standalone install and as part of Picasa
. Possible screenshot of the app is here
, with additional coverage at BigBlueBall
. The prevalent consensus seems to be that it will be (or be based on ) Jabber
) with the core innovation being the use of XMPP
posted by rzklkng
on Aug 23, 2005 -
Adults are picking up instant messaging
in record numbers, with 50% of those over 35 using various systems. This study was funded by AOL, which has a major stake in the instant messaging market through its popular AIM software. But most people who use IM in the workplace are still using free and unsecured systems, despite the availability of secure versions in enterprise software and products like IM Secure
posted by etoile
on Sep 2, 2004 -
"Disposable" Instant Messaging.
Click a link and chat to someone with just your browser*
. "Include [a link] when you create eBay auctions, Craigslist personals, weblogs, moblogs, personal websites, Friendster, etc. and viewers will be able to contact you instantly." *Requires Flash.
posted by Blue Stone
on Jul 9, 2004 -
Play Zork directly in IM.
Send an instant message to InfoComBot and choose from a list of available text-based games. You can even save games and return to them later. One thing's for sure: I'm not getting any work done this week.
posted by mathowie
on Mar 21, 2004 -
From the better late than never dept: Now you can send instant messages between AIM/AOL and ICQ. AOL finally added interactivity support
for their two IM protocols. Best new feature...IM with yourself
Once you have the latest ICQ beta software, you'll be able to IM with the AIM and/or AOL on your own computer!
posted by riffola
on Jun 12, 2003 -
IM just for Wifi
- Trepia has developed a new method for wifi users to connect to each other
. Imagine turning on your laptop and seeing the other wifi users near your physical location and being able to chat with them.
There's only a Windows client at this time. I asked where the Mac & linux clients were and the CEO told me they were coming in the future once the Windows version takes off. I'm betting that if enough people ask
, they'll accelerate their plans.
posted by Argyle
on Apr 15, 2003 -
Are you using AOL IM at work?
Chatting with your buds or SO while you should probably be working? Well, in a desperate attempt to turn some kind of profit, AOL is willing to sell your boss the ability to be in on the conversation, too.
posted by crunchland
on Nov 5, 2002 -
download your crappy free aim client here
Yup, this morning got bounced from trillian
using AOL Instant Messenger again.
This time, got an interesting message from AOL. The AIM client opened itself with this message:
AOL Instant Messenger: You have been disconnected from the AOL Instant
Message Service (SM) for accessing the AOL network using unauthorized
software. You can download a FREE, fully featured, and authorized client,
here http://www.aol.com/aim/download2.html .
So, fellow Mefi readers, how long can AOL block Trillian? Shouldn't they be coming up with more innovative campaigns, or is this a sign that the IM market is about to become a lot more competitive? Tawk amongst yourselves.
posted by purplecow
on Feb 15, 2002 -
are the latest fad that the company's come up with. It makes your chatting easier, prettier and more fun
- and a lot more bulky and resource hungry. I don't know how many people here actually use Y!, but my guess is this wont take long to disappear.
posted by arnab
on Dec 31, 2001 -
, one of the better chat programs out there, just got better. Version 0.70 is now available and it runs smoothly and looks great.
posted by davehat
on Dec 7, 2001 -
The Googlematic AIMBOT
will only work for those of you with Instant Messager installed, of course. A profoundly useful little widget knocked together by Matt Webb
allows you to do very
quick and easy Google
'I feel lucky' searches from the comfort of your own Buddy list. Launched yesterday, I think it's a hell of a lot more useful than either SmarterChild
as well as rather better conversation than any of the AIM chatbots I've found to date...
posted by barbelith
on Jul 24, 2001 -
Active Buddy is final Active
This link was posted before, but ActiveBuddy finally has a beta version of their AOL IM interactive agent. Simply add 'smarterchild' to your buddy list and send the message 'hello'. This service gives you news, weather, and movie times through Instant Messager.
posted by wsfinkel
on Jul 5, 2001 -
Are you addicted to chat programs? AIM? ICQ? Yahoo and MSN? Even have two instances of mIRC running? Now there's hope. You can have all of these running all at once using *just one program*. And it uses far less resources than all of those other programs put together. matter of fact, i think it uses less resources than icq itself (like that's hard). It's skinnable too!
/me hands out the needles.
posted by jcterminal
on Jun 12, 2001 -
-- include-all blogging in real-time? This new program will allow you to spy on what your instant messenger buddies are browsing on the web, let them know what you think about the sites they're on, rate them, comment on them, send them to a friend etc. (Their press release
posted by frednorman
on May 8, 2001 -
InfoBots are coming.
I believe we've touched on this before, but now it seems to be moving from concept to reality: Instant Messenger "buddies" that are actually bots. You send them an IM with a question, such as "Hey pal, what's the weather in Thunder Bay, Ontario
?" And it IMs you back with the answer, almost instantaneously. No waiting for messy web sites to load, no funky searches to run. ActiveBuddy
has been the most, um, active in developing the technology, but they've been working on it forever without anything to show to the public. Now, it's out there, somewhere. CNET is reporting today that an ActiveBuddy beta bot has been live for a few months; you can play with it right now if you know its name. (And if you do know its name, a tip would be appreciated. I've been jonesing for this for a good while.) A more public version is supposed to be out in a few weeks. Here buddy buddy buddy...
posted by aaron
on Apr 25, 2001 -
yo d00dz! hav u seen tihs?
"Two-thirds of the 18-24 year olds questioned do not worry about punctuation, grammar or style when writing messages. About 16% sign every e-mail with love and kisses, even when addressing their boss."
l8s, love wrighty XX
posted by gi_wrighty
on Mar 22, 2001 -
Have you been getting those annoying ICQ ad banners like me? Well, it appears that AOL/TimeWarner has been testing out ads in the ICQ IM interface
. The backlash has begun. Here's
a site that'll tell you how to get rid of some of the banners. My friend
's also gone ahead and taken the liberty to hack the ICQ dll that causes the ads to appear and has full instructions on how to remove the ads permanently from your ICQ. Hurry and grab those dll's before he gets slashdotted
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Feb 26, 2001 -
Love those open instant messaging
Rather than use their own servers or a decentralized approach, Aimster
offers peer to peer file sharing services by using the existing AOL and Microsoft Networking infrastructures.
posted by alan
on Aug 10, 2000 -
There's a new version of icq
out, although it looks like
they're pretty close to their limit on adding buttons to the interface.
posted by mathowie
on Apr 25, 2000 -
is the holy grail of instant messaging apps. The people behind it have been working on this for a while, and they're now offering a web-based, java client that can talk to ICQ
, and Yahoo instant message
clients. If it were a client side application, I'd probably use it, I'm not a big fan of leaving a browser window open all the time. Another drawback is that it can't reach AIM users.
posted by mathowie
on Feb 20, 2000 -
The ICQ Protocol Site
is a neat resource about the ICQ protocol. Yeah, that's right. I bet you didn't see that coming. Anyways
, the protocol is kinda elegant.
posted by tdecius
on Nov 2, 1999 -