Most people work with some messenger on. But, unfortunately, the world of messaging is as the telecom world when it started, not all phones could talk to all phones. Some start ups have tried to improve this. Fring in the mobile world, Trillian in the fixed world among others.
In my case I use Adium for Mac and at any moment in time I have Adium and Skype so I can cover all my contacts. I find this annoying. With Fring I can have Skype, phone contacts and all the others messaging platforms in one app. But for some unknown reason Fring does not have a client for the Microsoft, Linux or Mac. With Fring it´s probably the first time that I find an app that is more sophisticated in a mobile than in a laptop.
And in any case Fring does not address two other issues that no messaging platform addresses. One is visualization. I think it´s time that the world of messaging moves from 2D visualization to 3D visualization a la Second Life. And the other one is communities. Now we have two kinds of contacts, in my case I have the contacts in Xing, Facebook, A Small World, Twitter plus the messaging contacts. Others join many other communities and have their own community contacts.
So maybe it is time to develop a new type of messaging platform, one that blends all messaging services with Web 2.0 communities and has visualization choices that are 2D or 3D.
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