Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

August 17, 2006

Akashic Chat with ChatCreator

Filed under: blogging,Technology — secretmojo @ 4:52 am

My friend and I played with the constantly evolving ChatCreator, which is spectacular for two reasons.

First, any chat room can be created instantly by modifying the end of a URL. Simple—and extremely powerful. You need no account, no special software, no awareness of irc hosts and channels. Just name your chat room, and go.

For instance, if you wanted to Bitch_About_The_President, you’d add that to the end of the standard prefix, http://www.chatcreator.com/chatap/rooms/, and voilà! You’ve created a chat room out of thin air.

The simple URL allows, for example, any blogger to provide a “kibitz” room for her posts simply by devising a unique URL based on her permalink, or through creative whim. This creates a space for reader comments or get-togethers based on that post. Imagine the uses this could have for live blogging.

But that’s not the sweetest part. With today’s technology, text is infinitesimally cheap to store. Which is why the other feature of ChatCreator is so intriguing: persistence.

Currently, what you type in a ChatCreator chat room is saved for posterity. This feature mixes real-time chat with something like comments on a blog and web page indexing. A person could stick her head in for a moment, interject while no one was there, and return later to catch up on, and continue, the conversation—which is not possible with AIM or Yahoo.

Furthermore, persistent chat opens up possibilities for RSS feeds, chat room email updates, and of course the delectably voyeuristic ability to sneak a peek on what people have talked about the past few years.

Imagine searching all public chat rooms at will; you’d have a world-wide database of conversations to tap into: philosophy classes, interviews, tech support, personal confessions, and on and on. With anonymity features, this makes seeing others’ sessions even more interesting.

These two features, persistence and easy room creation, along with no requirement to have an account, may just revolutionize chat—as long as the spam issue is somehow taken care of, and as long as people are willing to chat publicly with a person over their shoulder.

I’m imagining a future when netizens can find conversations on every conceivable topic. You’ll be able to Google a conversation in the near future. ChatCreator might just be the primitive version of the multimedia Akashic Records that will be implemented in, let’s say, 20 years. Think of the world of strange people you’d be able to visit, the culture helmets you could try on, and all the experiences you’re missing out on now…

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6 Comments »

  1. I will definitely give it a go this weekend and get back to you.

    Comment by doris — August 17, 2006 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  2. Wow, that sounds too cool for school. A little scary too, who wants their words remembered for the rest of time? Well ok, most men under the age of 30 but how many of them SHOULD be remembered for the rest of time….

    A professor of English at a prestigious college was once asked if the modern university system stifled too many up-and-coming authors. He replied that it did not stifle enough… ;-P

    Doug

    Comment by sputnki — August 17, 2006 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  3. Doris, looking forward to your thoughts on the matter. I smell a blog post coming… 😉

    sputnki: seems I may have overstated a little. I recently revisited a chat room I created, and alas, my chat was gone! This could be a “constant development” issue, though, because the chat did stay up there for a couple of days. Persistence is noted as a key feature, according to the answers in the forum, so this may happen soon enough.

    And yes, it seems the signal/noise ratio may get out of control, but I must admit that some inspiring items grow from the noise.

    Comment by secretmojo — August 18, 2006 @ 12:27 am | Reply

  4. d41d8cd98f00b20

    Comment by John Smit Jr. — December 10, 2006 @ 11:31 pm | Reply

  5. wowzer!

    Comment by nabsdabs — February 5, 2007 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  6. shit and doesn’t fuckin work, gobshite

    Comment by nabsdabs — February 5, 2007 @ 6:38 pm | Reply


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