7 thoughts on “AOL to offer Web API for its IM”

  1. Interesting. Does this mean that the AIM service could be incorporated into the Southland.LA website for which I own 200+ city urls in the Dot-LA domain space (a network tied to Southland.LA) and allow individuals to have AIM e-mail services on the city of their choice??? Could I even create a separate website under IM.LA and incorporate such technology? Hmmm…

  2. This is a good move. There is so much innovation possible in IM but the providers seem in no mood to follow through.

    It’s criminal that there still aren’t easy ways for a server to be on the other end of a chat. ActiveBuddy tried but didn’t seem to go anywhere.

  3. This is the absolute best examples about how money can get in the way of technology/society. AOL didn’t want to give up their beloved users so we all suffered. We’ve been forced to use really really bad software (AIM, GAIM, ). None of them work together, regardless of what the GAIM developers will tell you.

    The only 1/2 decent client out there of ANY network is Google’s Gtalk, and maybe some of the XMPP clients.

    I have been complaining to friends, colleagues for YEARS about how AOL is really holding the internet back with AIM. The web is a social platform, and AIM is what everyone uses.

  4. Aol has totally been holding back IM. There are a few companies that I know (incircles.com for one off the top of my head) which are creating the counter culture to AIM, MSN, Yahoo Messenger and akin. There are totally new concepts of distributed IM communication that have been supressed and are beginning to surface -e.g. synchronus IM communciation overlays – and that are quite literally going to revolutionize the way we commnicate using IM over the Internet.

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