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Instant Messaging Interface To Applications

Posted by Brian Kelly on 28 February 2007

MSN IM interface to applicationsBack in the days when WAP was exciting (hmm, did I really write that? Let me start again).

Back in the days when some people thought that WAP would provide widespread access to mobile phone users I can remember thinking that what was needed (especially for non-native text messaging users like myself – who make use of semi-colons in messages) was a simple menu interface in order to access informational resources.

Although a number of such services were developed (I can remember reading about Cricket information services along these lines) this never took off as a general interface to informational resources.

So I was intrigued to read a posting on Posting Using IMified by Nitesh Gautam. Nitresh writes that:

Imified is an instant messenger buddy that works across all major IM networks and offers access to a growing number of web applications, as well as productivity tools like notes, reminders, and todo’s (sic). Imified helps you get things done faster.

On a PC the IMified interface looks very dated (Gopher, anyone?) But on a mobile device, might it provided a much needed interface? And could this type of interface provide the killer application for the mobile phone user generation for informational resources which can be syndicated using RSS? After all, as we’ve discussed previously, RSS does appear to need a killer app. (And also note that IMified can act as a blog authoring tool).

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2 Responses to “Instant Messaging Interface To Applications”

  1. Peter Miller said

    Hey, nothing wrong with Gopher — never heard of anyone getting lost in Gopherspace! ;-) Not yet convinced by IMified as vendors often provide cut-down web versions of their apps that run OK on Opera Mini.

  2. I agree when you say that IMified makes better sense for a mobile than on a PC because it is all about posting information to blog and not about formatting thetext/post – much like twitter.

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