I am working with Diego Basch of Flaptor on an idea that I have had over a year now. The concept is a plug in that attaches to chat like IM, Skype, etc and that while you chat it searches the uncommon words that appear in the chat and provides you with elements you can use in the chat.

In this way you become a more efficient, smarter chatter. It combines the power of chat and search.

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Mike on December 25, 2006  · 

and what happens, when both will use this new tool in future, when widespread? Then two machines will talk together 🙂 ??

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PanMan on December 25, 2006  · 

Strangely, this post showed in Spanish in my bloglines account…

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Arthur on December 25, 2006  · 

I had a discussion last week with Francis Cohen, founder of Kiwee (one of the first French ringtone cprovider bought by American Greetings in 2004) ). He will launch very soon IMINENT http://www.iminent.com to offer you stuff (mutlimedia, suggestions…etc) when you are chatting with your IM;

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Bob on December 26, 2006  · 

I’ve thought of something similar. The same tool – if you complicate it just a tiny bit – could offer you (links to) contextual suggestions when you write or read any other document (web page, Word.doc, Powerpoint…) and/or (if combined with speech recognition that’s sufficiently good) could help you to make your (VoiP) phone calls more interesting…

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Martin Varsavsky on December 26, 2006  · 

Yes, i made a mistake. First published it in Spanish then English. Sorry, its hard to keep up two blogs

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Martin Varsavsky on December 26, 2006  · 


Search assisted chatting still leaves two humans chatting, except that they would be empowered with new tools

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diego on December 27, 2006  · 

One interesting aspect of this idea is that it could enhance a chat session in a way that is not possible with a live conversation (unless you wear a wireless microphone and have a remote human assistant feeding you information through your headset!)

I’d like this feature to be unintrusive and subtle. I imagine the user could be quickly turned off if the program constantly launched searches on uninteresting words just because they hadn’t appeared before in a conversation. Perhaps the interface could help by highlighting potential words of interest and letting the user decide which to explore and which to ignore.

Maybe you could even choose one or more topics of interest such as artist names, infrequently used words, movies, etc.

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