I’ve spoken before about being able to chat with people that are viewing the same web page as you. You may be on the front page of TechMeme and decide to launch a URL chat service like Gabbly to be able to chat to other people on the same page who also use Gabbly. For this to work there has to be lots of Gabbly users, otherwise the odds are going to be slim that someone on the same page uses Gabbly.
Other URL chat tools like Gabbly are, Yaplet, Chatsum, OthersOnline, Weblin, yakalike, dai.sy, Itzle, Zpeech (also acts as a asynchronous discussion board)…
Now what would be good is a meta-URL chat tool, just like what Meebo, ebuddy and others do for IM.
This way when you launch your URL chat tool you have several services (communities) that may be available for a chat.
Serendipity is not the only way to use URL chat, you can speak to a friend earlier in the day and decide to meet at a URL at a certain time for a chat.
Rather than plan a chat it would be even easier if you could go to the Gabbly website, click on your friends profile, and be able to see what website they are on now, then click and join.
This is exactly what you can do on me.dium, this tool is a little different, it’s a browser add on, and it’s more than chat, you can actually co-browse the web with others, ie. you can move around the web together chatting, just like walking in the park, in the street, in the house, etc…
If your friends or strangers are not exciting enough to chat with and co-browse they have special sessions called RockMe where at an organised time you can jump in and join a musician on the web, chat and browse with them…I’m sure they will be going to lots of music sites to listen to music and watch video’s, so grab a beer. They schedule lots of other events as well.
medi.um have a widget for your blog so you can see who’s visited your site, and enable you and your site visitors to check out the sites that other Me.dium users are visiting.
I mentioned the other day why don’t MyBlogLog add chatting to the Recent Readers widget, so many bloggers have got this widget, why not be able to talk to each other. 3bubbles was trying to achieve this at the post level, but what I’m thinking is that you visit a blog post and the Recent Readers widget tells you who is on that blog, not just the post page. So you get a list of people like on the widget, but it tells you which post they are on, and you can chat with them even if you are not on the exact post.
What about chatting to friends that are watching the same TV channel or program as you on the web, this is exactly what you can do with Joost and Meebo. If you are watching a program on Joost, you and your friends can join the meebo room to chat about the program as your are watching it.
Another chat tool Userplane has teamed up with some online TV channels to provide the same functionality, I like how mashable put it:
” Do you ever chat on the phone with your friend while you both watch your favorite program? That’s kind of old school, because now you can chat online.”
Next we need this kind of activity on our regular TV sets, maybe a social network with your friends via a set top box…doesn’t Xbox do this sort of thing.
Imagine this on regular TV, I could chat to my mum if we are watching the same show, maybe I could even interact with the TV show as well for features like voting, or polling people at home…hang on, TV shows aren’t going to give up the money they make from SMS.
For location aware chat services see here.
[ADDED 7/12/07: See comment below about Others Online, this is not URL chatting, but rather matching people online on-the-fly with current interests
eg. if one person is reading a blog post about “IBM” and another is actually at the IBM website, then that is a match and these people will be visible to each other to chat. This is a more distributed version of Chat ‘N Search]