I've finally been given the okay to talk about it since Stephen announced it at Web Guild last week. I would have mentioned it sooner but I was in Las Vegas, losing money and celebrating my sister's wedding :)
I stress that the AIM client I've written is just an example of what the API is capable of. Maybe you're just interested in the IM portion of the technology - thats fine, you can just use that part and never expose a buddy list.
Or, maybe you'd just like to compile a list of your friend's away messages. That's cool too - you can just subscribe to presence updates and grab their away message, never rendering a buddy list at all or worrying about incoming messages.
Or, maybe your wiki can have its own screen name and listen for incoming updates from you and your friends via IM while you attend different panels at SXSW, adding and editing entries appropriately based on your extension to the API. It's cool stuff, and absolutely possible and easy to implement.
I'm really stoked to have worked on this - its gotta be one of the coolest projects, if not the coolest, that I've been part of in my time with AOL. The first time an IM went from my Safari window and the Adium icon in my dock starting jumping up and down, I squealed like a little girl. It was just that bad ass.
So thats my cool news - keep an eye on the RSS feed for updates about documentation, FAQs and demos - I'm still finishing up docs for the CSS hooks the API uses as well as the API proper with how-to's, and hope to have them available here within the week. Leave a comment or hit me up via the contact form if you have any questions.
Posted by Steve Clay on October 24, 2006 @ 12:28 am
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