Instant messaging has become a part of daily life on the web.I use several different services depending on what I want to do and who I want to talk to.
Chat service Scribble Here currently works with Open ID. Contextual Chat Several new start-ups have popped up and changed the context of instant messaging from buddy lists to websites and interests.
While similar to the old IRC chat rooms by basing conversations around topics, companies like Me.dium, Geesee, the newly launched In Circles, Others Online, and 3bubbles have incorporated your location on the web into chat in different degrees.
AOL now has an open development API and Google Talk runs on the open Jabber protocol. Sequoia backed Meebo (rumored $3-4 million), and Lowland funded e Buddy (5 million Euro) continue to slug is out over this space.
Meebo branched out even further by allowing embeddable chat on any website through their Meebo Me widget.
After a period of “cat and mouse” where AOL fought interoperability by making small changes to AIM, cross-platform interoperability has become a standard feature in most new chat programs. c=be502e6f444fb35cbfe1998827b3efd1&skn=0&play Sound=0AIM Express was an early version of chat programs that split away from a downloadable client and ran in your web browser instead.