"What about your average Joe on the street, how come they get forced into having to log in to the site to update their data, etc.? Why not provide a means of carrying out simple tasks in an application they probably already have? And so an Instant Messaging interface was designed to send a instruction to a robot, and it’s relatively simple to get setup."I have been thinking a lot lately about providing API's through IM or Email. If you think about it, Unix geeks have interacted with complex systems with three letter commands, manpages and the every helpful -h option on everything. Why not allow users to the same flexibility, because believe it or not, you new fancy web 2.0 application is way simpler than 'ps' or 'top'.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Make your own IM bot in Ruby, and interface it with your Rails app: