06 Feb

10 Chat Widgets to Consider

Embedded chat in a website provides the ability to more closely connect with your readers or customers, depending on the instance. Chat widgets provide real-time feedback and spur thought-provoking discussions – features lacking in e-mail. However the disadvantages should be acknowledged too. In some cases, widgets may slow down the page load or take away from the overall site experience rather than enhance it. However I encourage everyone to give some of the following chat widgets a try and make your own conclusions. Let’s take a look at some of the top ones…

MeeboMe

MeeboMe is the leader in the space. This spin-off of the original multiple client chat (Meebo) is a nice, simple chat widget. It features publisher status, user nickname editing, and sound control. Also be sure to check out MeeboRooms, launched earlier this year.

Plugoo

Plugoo is a slick little chat widget that enables you to talk with site visitors via your IM client. In other words, you can work as usual without having to keep an eye on the chat box. Then if someone initiates a chat, a message will pop up on your IM. Great concept.

Mabber

Mabber is a simple, basic chat widget. No frills or gimmicks. It has an easy set-up process and intuitive interface, which makes this a good choice if you’re looking to add a little something extra to your site.

Pladeo

Formerly InCircles, Pladeo is beautifully designed Flash chat widget. Some might call it overkill though. Site owners can choose a vertical or horizontal layout, as well as the color. Nicely designed, but it may take away from the rest of your site.

Userplane

Userplane is a more sophisticated chat offering. I found the sign up process to be a bit tedious, but the end product was worth it. The company launched a revenue-sharing program in May of this year. [disclosure: Userplane is a R/WW sponsor]


Geesee

Geesee is highly functional and robust, yet it’s also a cumbersome service. I found the interface and color scheme to be a bit childish, although I suppose the service is tailored as a more ‘fun’ offering than some of the others.

Gabbly

Gabbly is a slick, multi-user chat widget. The service also provides RSS and audio functionality. I found it to be a pretty good overall offering, unless you’re looking for something extremely basic.

Chatango

Chatango is a personalized chat widget. The set-up was easy, yet it still provided a high level of customization. The interface wasn’t the slickest, but it was intuitive. Overall though, I thought Chatango was mediocre.

Zoho Chat

Zoho Chat was one of my favorite services that I tested. It is extremely easy to set-up and very slick. The widget is very simple to use and professional-looking. [disclosure: Zoho is a R/WW sponsor]

ParaChat

ParaChat is more of an application than a widget. The embedded chat box is a “presence” and feels like it’s part of the website. However the look n’ feel is very web 1.0 and the ads take away from the experience. Overall, I wasn’t overly impressed.

Conclusion

The implementation of a chat widget should be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. Not all websites may benefit, as some people may not have the time or resources to operate the technology. Having said that, the ability to facilitate real-time, pertinent discussions cannot be understated. Check out one or more of the above chat widgets and let us know what you think. Also if you know of other chat widgets or embedded chat programs that we missed, be sure to list them in the comments.

12 Jan

Productive utilization of INTERNET

Let me inform you some of the methods by which one can utilize internet for his/her benifit.¬† Well it has been seen that more than 70% of traffic on internet does not utilize it, or one can say abour 40 million people just log on and either chat with their friends or surf without anythought. They are not willing to learn anyhting from this massive ocean of KNOWLEDGE “THE INTERNET” .

Some of the most common time wasting websites include YAHOO, FACEBOOK, ORKUT, MYSPACE, GoOGLE, and many others where everyone just log on and either chat or check mail and then asta lavista ..

How many of the internet community wants to learn by reading books. Now adays there is a new PHENOMENON called the eBook. Its nothing but a soft copy of any book (generally in PDF or acrobat format) . One can search the search engines to download the ebook of the topic required or one can use the best site for online book sharing called SCRIBD. Ya the SCRIBD its really awesoome initiative taken to spread the knowledge.

If you are an engineering student or any student in thirst of knowledge or wanting to learn new things you should really log on to scribd.com and read.

There are numerous online encyclopedia the best and most vast these days is WIKIPEDIA. It has great collection of accurate information relating to almost any topic in this universe. One can just go there and search for anything you are requiring.

For leisure yet innovation try doing some ulta creative activityies like opening a BLOG or something. Thats much better way of informing what you are thinking rather than just a text on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.

If you wana earn, hmm… its tough competition out here.

20 Oct

What not to buy online !!!!

Ever wondered on buying stuff online… If yes then you might wana consider this list of what not to buy online .. and if you want to buy, where to buy it from…

Computers
Desktops : NO dont buy your new desktop online. You can review the prices and configuration to suite your comfort. and ask and bargain the same desktop from a local dealer.

Laptops: NO a strict no.. They are way costly on the internet. You can easily find a difference of 5K between the online price and the local price.

Computer Accessories: Ya if you are in need of one you can go for them online as the quality and warranty is not of great demand and the price difference is almost 0… So computer accessories can be bought online … Search Ebay, futurebazzar and rediff shop

CLOTHINGS
No, hell no… dont ever go for anykind of clothes … there can be lot of duplicate stuff and there wont be any refund on them. For clothes and other accessories just go to your nearest MALL and spend there.

10 Aug

My First Java Animation

hey there, ¬†this is my first animation made in JAVA …. I know its nothing fancy but yes its a step…

Its just a simple Ball bouncing of the boundary of the applet. I just wanted to learn some new stuffs so opened a book and started. :P

What i did was that first Defined run(), start() and stop() method overiding that of Runnable Interface. In run() method is used the sleep method to repaint my applet in extremely small intervals of time i chose 333ms.. These methods were defined in a class BOUNCE
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