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Re: Welcome! - Sorry about the misunderstanding...

Posted by zxwcig7u on June 12, 1998, at 11:01:49

In reply to Re: Welcome!, posted by zxwcig7u on June 12, 1998, at 10:51:27

Sorry about a misunderstanding.

When you used the word "Chat" I assumed you were
describing (effectively) real-time discussions, and
the comments I made in the previous post were
based on that assumption.

The MGH NeuroWeb Forum
does include a real-time chat facility, and I'd
be very interested to learn whether you plan
on putting one up.

> > Hello, and welcome to this new project.
> > Give it a try, and let me know what you think.

> > Bob

> I am going to give this a try.

> I can make a suggestion, although I'm not clear
> how easy it will be to implement, as the commercial
> enterprise that I'll refer to has been purchased by
> AOL and may not be able to provide the service I
> recommend, at least for free as they have been.

> Ideally you'd like people who are logged on doing
> other things to be alerted when a chat-opportunity
> develops that might interest the user.
> Meaningful chat interactions are "ephemeral".

> Ideally if I'm online and someone is talking about
> a topic that interests me, possibly even using
> keywords I have selected, I'd like to know about
> it so I can join the chat, or at least see if
> the discussion is one in which I'd like to participate.

> A group of Israeli software engineers recognized
> this a few years ago and developed a product known
> as ICQ - the WSJ recently reported that they were
> in negotiations to sell ICQ for $300M - a nice turn
> if it goes through.

> In principle you could develop a "profile" page
> that would permit me to identify keywords,
> topics, even partipants, so that I would be notified
> in realtime whenever a chat opportunity comes
> up. ICQ permits this now, and has been doing
> so for free, with a lot of control and flexibility
> - making things public, private, etc. I don't
> don't believe their system has evolved to the
> point where keywords in a chat will trigger
> notificaton, but that's as they say a reasonably
> quick hack.

> I also know of at least one development group that
> has put together an ICQ like system for use in
> a commercial application, so I suspect that there's
> at least a chance that ICQ's not protected that
> you couldn't develop something like this.

> Good luck. I'll monitor groups when I have time,
> but it's tough to get these things off the ground
> without a notification ...

> Love to know what you think of this. I'm the
> same person that sent you e-mail re the Lucent
> proxy server, and you can reply at the above
> address.




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