Monday, September 20, 2004

IM, Robot 

Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service
America Online Inc. (AOL) is launching a program Monday to promote and facilitate the creation of what it calls AIM Robots for its AIM instant messaging system.

AIM Robots are sponsored and operated by AOL and other vendors and appear as buddy icons in the buddy lists of AIM users who install them.

For example, users can send an instant message to the AOLYellowpages AIM Robot with the name of a local business or with simply a keyword and the robot replies with related directory listings. The Wall Street Journal robot lets users set up news alerts to be delivered via AIM, as well as request stock prices. A robot sponsored by the ABC quiz show "Who wants to be a millionaire?" polls users via AIM when a show contestant requests help with a particular question.

A list of existing AIM Robots can be found here

Links: RunABot | Making a Bot | VB Bot code

Topics: Robots | IM

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