Plugoo is exactly what I've been waiting for for a long time. You register at their site, you get a small HTML snippet you insert in any webpage and, as a result, anyone visiting your webpage will see a miniature IM console which he can use to communicate with you. You see his messages as a standard messages in your favorite Instant Messenger and you can reply to them from your standard Instant Messenger.
Of course, anyone can choose any nickmane and there's no guarantee that the nice "SexyFox21" user today is the same "SexyFox21" as yesterday...
It requires Flash to be installed and the only downside I can see at the moment is that it doesn't support Czech characters. You can see it being tested at my homepage.
UPDATE: Only one person can talk with you using Plugoo at any given instant! It's rather logical, because all messages come to you from user called "Plugoo" and if you'd talk with two people at once, the server would have no idea to whom you are responding. Bear that in mind if you have really busy website...
Very useful, thanks for sharing! - Pavel
Díky, už taky testuju. :-)
What about http://www.meebome.com/? XMPP/Jabber-based and doesn't require Flash, as far as I know. ^_^
spike: If I understand it correctly, to use "meebome", I need to register at meebo.com and ENTER MY IM PASSWORDS TO THEIR DATABASE, which makes me nervous. You don't need to do that with Plugoo.
I can understand that feeling. :)
AFAIK you can use Meebo as a web-based IM client for several networks, but they also have their own XMPP/Jabber server running @meebo.org which you obtain by registering the MeeboMe service.
I admit I have no personal experience with the service, though. It's all based on my quick research some time ago. Now that I've read http://wiki.meebo.com/doku.php?id=meebome again, it appears this MeeboMe widget is actually Flash-based as well. :(
So the only benefit would be that you could use @meebo.org account in your favorite XMPP/Jabber client.
So I guess the difference is that Plugoo uses some kind of "bot" (with whatever IM service you're using), whereas with MeeboMe you get a new XMPP/Jabber account.
I guess Plugoo is the better option for ICQ-infested Czech Replublic after all, because you can add the bot to your ICQ contact list.
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