Google Instant Messaging roll out
BBC News (7 Feb 2006) report that Google is to integrate its popular e-mail service with its own instant messaging, known as Gmail Chat to allow users to chat and send e-mails from the same web browser window. The report also gives the current stats on the subscriber bases of the 'big 3' in Instant Messaging:
- AOL – 53 Million
- MSN – 27 Million
- Yahoo – 22 Million
Google Chat currently has a mere 866,000 subcscribers.
The report does not mention Instant Messaging within Skype - with 250 Million downloads Skype will also be someone to be reckoned with in the evolving Instant Message landscape.
But even Skype usage pales into insignificance compared to the one and a half billion people all over the world walking around with mobile phones in their pockets and purses according to Marc Prensky in Virtual teams, online learning and mobile phones.
That is one reason why mobile instant messaging is becoming a hot topic with reports that a number of the biggest mobile operators including Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and China Mobile, have agreed to work together to make it easy to IM across phone networks.
Bioteams Books Reviews
Just because we might have selfish genes it does not mean we have to behave selfishly; nature knows when to be nice as well as nasty and nepotism occurs in the biological world too with equal destructiveness as our world. This is according to Richard Conniff author of The Ape in the Corner Office and reviewed in the UK Guardian Newspaper (27 May).