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algae: a livejournal client for aim. [Feb. 15th, 2005|03:20 pm]
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Using off-the-shelf perl modules, i've thrown together an lj client for aim. It acts as an aim bot and posts any messages it gets to an lj account. All the requirements are stated at the top. To run it, copy it over to your web server, set some variables within the file to appropriate values, and execute. Make sure you have the required perl modules (listed at the top.)

Get the script at http://iannet.net/lj/algae.pl . The test journal is noisetube.

Note that perl is not my native language. The code, put baldly, sucks, and there isn't very much functionality. This is just a proof-of-concept. I plan on adding error handling, more generalised image support, an external config file. . . stuff like that. I also want it to say meaningful things to the user.

Of course, I'd rather not have to turn it into an actual program at all. It sounds like work. If anyone's written a better aim->lj bridge, I would love to hear about it. My web searches didn't turn up anything.

[User Picture]From: lifftchi
2005-02-16 12:23 am (UTC)
Well, the interesting thing about it, for me, is that it /completely/ changed the style of my lj entries. I think some people will enjoy having a more stream-of-consciousness, less-digested means to update a journal.
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[User Picture]From: stubbs
2005-02-16 01:50 am (UTC)
This is interesting. I'm actually writing my thesis on something similar, and I'd be interested to know where the idea came from.
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[User Picture]From: lifftchi
2005-02-16 02:21 am (UTC)
*shrug* It came out of my head-meats. I felt that my regular journal could do with a bit more spontaneity, so I made this. We've known for a long time that there are thresholds of convenience that qualitatively change the user's behavior.

I mean, it's just UI. A lot of interaction design centers on context, and how it can be used to guide the user's actions. I suppose you could also say that it derives from my ruminations on McLuhan's observation that the meaning of a message depends on its context.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/lifftchi/73096.html is my post detailing the original idea. There's a bit more clarification there.
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