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Facebook Chat with Pidgin

Facebook LogoPidgin logoFacebook offers, just like Myspace in that regard, the ability to chat on their site. That’s a cool and easy way to keep in touch with your contacts as there is no software to install. However, once you start to chat quite regularly with your Facebook contacts, it becomes easy to forget to logon to facebook the moment you start up your pc.

Let’s introduce Pidgin, the multi-platform and multi-network instant messaging client. I call it multi-platform, as it works on Windows as well as UNIX-based systems such as Linux. Mac OS X support is provided by a separate tool based on the same foundations, called Adium. It supports many networks by using plugins : ICQ, AIM, Google Talk (Jabber XMPP), MSN, Novell Groupwise Chat, Skype and Gadu Gadu (a protocol very popular in Poland),  just to name a few of the most used. Pidgin was originally called ‘GAIM’, for Gnu AIM client. Some name disputes with AOL made the developers rename the project to Pidgin.

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Pidgin can be configured to startup when your operating system boots, so you are available for your Facebook contacts the moment your pc has finished its startup cycle. Pidgin has support for a multitude of different networks, and if you install an extra plugin, it’s also possible to get support for Facebook messaging. Under windows, just install the plugin, and you can add your Facebook network contacts like you would add Yahoo! Messenger or MSN or Google contacts.

Next time you start up your computer, your facebook contacts will automatically be able to chat with you even when you haven’t thought about checking on the website what they have been upto. Enjoy!

Google eco-system broadening with Google Profile

Privacy considerations will be very present again, as Google is bundling the different logins for its applications into a new part of their eco-system: Google Profile. It provides a way for the customers to have to maintain one profile, and be able to link from some, but in the future all, Google products.

I can see the reason for this in a service like Blogger, where your profile could be important when you post responses to a certain post, but I’m not sure about the rest of the services. Sometimes, I don’t want people to see my email, so I don’t give it. When you have it in your profile, it might prove difficult to segment what information you want to provide to whom.

From http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/12/15/google-starts-rolling-out-centralized-profiles

Webmail : Google Mail getting updates

It has been discussed on many places, but since a month or so, GMail has received a new GUI. Nothing really earth shattering, if you ask me, but it shows that Google is taking the remarks serious. Most ‘industry watchers’ seem to think that this is one of the first steps in the process of getting GMail to be Google Gears compatible.

When you’re not sure about what Google Gears is, think of it as a dump of part of the internet on your machine, for those moments when you’re not connected to the ‘net. It is similar to Adobe AIR in many respects. These types of web services would be available everywhere, anytime, thus starting to make inroads in the turf of the desktop application market. Until now, that has been the major selling point for desktop applications : Microsoft engineers complaining “but what if you don’t have a network connection”?

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