AOL Instant Messenger is looking to gain some real estate on your website through AIM Presence. A very short registration gives you a line of code to paste into your site. This code will display one of a six small icons, indicating whether you are online, offline, idle, away, or on mobile AIM. Like so:
(this is likely to be the ‘offline’ icon today)
With this release, AOL has reached agreements with SixApart, Facebook and LinkedIn to allow their users to add online presence to their profiles. In other words, people might get accustomed to seeing a graphical representation of a website author’s online status – IMming libraries, I’m looking in your direction! I’ve already seen this on a few library sites, accomplished by a third-party solution. Code straight from AIM is likely to be more reliable, and it probably won’t be long before MSN and Yahoo join in with an effort.
I think that AIM did this right. It is simple to get the code, and the result isn’t garish or somehow advert laden. Instead, it is pretty plain and simple. Does anyone feel like reading the TOS?