March 6, 2006

Its an AIM world, you just live in it

It took a few months longer than anticipated (a few minor events took priority, at a corporate level), but we've finally begun to open up key AOL services, in very substantive ways.

Fundamentally, the newly announced (and extended) Open AIM SDK will enable developers to enhance the AIM network's reach and functionality.

What can you do with it:

- Extend AIM Triton at a low level
- Embed AIM functionality in your own applications
- Create your own version of the AIM client
- Embed presence functionality and communications touchpoints in web applications

To be clear: there are some restrictions and limitations on the ways in which you can leverage the AIM services we've made available, as we feel our way through the
operational and business implications. But this should open up a broad set of possible applications on top of the AIM network and namespace immediately.

(In particular, Open AIM does NOT provide IM network interop with other Instant Messaging networks, at this time.)

We've got quite a road ahead of us in learning how to be "open". You'll be seeing a lot more over the next 6 months, both with desktop extensions and "bitless" web APIs (IM related and beyond) - but this is a pretty big first step for AOL.

Congratulations to the AIM team.

And for those who feel like this is too little, too late - I can only say: "Rome wasn't built in a day". Or the the related corollary: "Bite me - no one asked you."

(kidding! :P)

Momentum is building.


Anonymous said...

Oh it is, is it - so says you - just kidding

Sree Kotay said... Ohhhhh yeeeeah, you live in it...

0 said...

This sounds good. Does it mean I can have an option to use AIM without having to download the AOL browser? I think it's sneaky :)

Anonymous said...

When do you think Boxely will be available to the public? is it right now cross-platform? how big is it? What are the dependencies?

I imagine that you want AOL to play a bigger role in the developer community. And start having people developing with the AOL SDK. Giving them tools is a way of achieving this. Boxely seems like the most interesting tool.

0 said...

i'm curious - how are sites like viewed at AOL? encouraged?

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