IM + Mobile + Publishing = ... Something Big

Posted by: Rob Hof on January 2, 2006

Now here’s a use for instant messaging that may finally get me to use it on my cell phone. (As you can probably tell from my photo, I’m old enough to have plenty of other things to do besides text with my friends, who don’t have the time either.) MakeBot is a chat bot designed by Make magazine for mobile use. Instead of texting with a real person, you type in commands and get content back—search results, blog posts, articles, whatever.

John Battelle talks about the implications:

In short, this points the way to what might just be the loophole we content creators (including search and web service companies) have been looking for to make mobile a truly open platform. IM works on nearly every phone, and there’s no reason it has to be limited to person-to-person chat. Why can’t it be how we ask the web questions, or pull down great web content? And once you open that channel, it can also become a channel for personalized, value added marketing messages, approved and requested by each of us, of course.

Tough to tell at this point if it will evolve from being a neat toy, but the possibilities seem pretty big.

Reader Comments

Pushpendra Mohta

January 3, 2006 10:56 AM


Yes, this is not your teenager's IM :-)

Corporate America (Wall Street, Service Providers, media companies like NBC) have been using bots or interactive agents for mission critical applications for several years. IM can be delivered on any device, can find/follow a user, has a concept of permission lists to control who can send messages to a user, and can be much faster, and certainly more interactive than email.

When applications become available on IM, your contact list now has both people and applications - all the tools you need to process and act on information from one application.

--pushpendra

Pushpendra Mohta
http://www.vayusphere.com

Al-Noor Ramji

January 3, 2006 2:39 PM

Clearly a winner with mobiles being more numerous and available to even poor farmers in third world countries (where I come from). They need prices of crops,weather forecasts,you get the idea. real business for real people.

Mihail Molin

April 15, 2006 1:47 PM

What is important for IM - comfortable one-hand typing. You can test the solution - the system of one-hand typing - on my project's homepage: http://www.freewebs.com/compact_keyboard. Best regards, Mihail

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