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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The IM Should Be ...

As I have written, I don't like Skype. Then someone may ask: what do you think a perfect IM should be? I think there are two key points:

1. An Unique ID

People on line need an ID, in nowadays each website assigned an separate ID for each user. To a single user, in theory, using thousands websites, he/she needs to remember each different ID for each websites. Fortunately, in practice, many users are used to choose a unique ID, then using it everywhere. But this habit often conflict with the fact: it is hard to choose a real unique ID on net, and the ID preferred may be chosen by others on specified websites.

But wen do have an unique ID already: an email address! Why we can't use it as our other services, for example, IMs?

In fact, nowadays, more and more websites do use email address instead of assigning separate 'user name'. Why not so for IMs?

2. Communicate with people, but not with people using specified IM!

Current IMs all set walls for people not using same IM client. Yahoo messager users can't communicate with Skype users; Skype users can't talk with Gmail users ... IF AT&T set a rule that AT&T users could only call to another AT&T user, but could not to T-Mobile users or ... Do you think that is acceptable?

We need right to choose IM freely, and using any of IM to communicate with any of other IMs the receiver chosen. And here 'communicate' is not limited to text, but also audio, video and any future forms.

And the perfect way of going with IM

The email address is the only thing, needs to be written on contact cards, just like the old way of telephone number goes.

By the way, I also don't like fashion SNS logo: a name goes with tens of logos of SNS websites.

People with an email address could find the one on email, IMs, SNS websites ... And when they are communicating, the only thing need to consider is: To go with a talk, with a mail, with a photo, or with other type of contents, but not the software by which we could talk!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I Don't Think Skype has a Bright Future

Years ago, while other IMs could only provide text messages, or few of them add really poor quality voice services, Skype brought phone-quality Voice over IP to us.

So, I registered an account and using it till today. But I don't think the company has a bright future.

First, the advantage of technique is not reliable. Voice-quality is the only advantage of Skype, the disappearing advantage -- others company like Google, their techniques are improving fast, and now high-quality VoIP are provided everywhere. (i.e. Even in web games like World of Warcraft ... )

Second, people do not like their basic IDs be controlled by commercial company. As I have noted before, Why I Don't Like Google Wave ( Written by Chinese ), people always prefer to control their IDs by their own, and remain the right of choices. For example, why email is so popular and is the base of internet? Not because it cool, fashion technique, but people with a email could:
  • Own their own email address by their own domain
  • Changing their email host / software freely, but remain the address no changed
  • Sending / Receiving mails from different email providers
So email is people's own ID, and go cross all-platform.

But Skype is operated by a company, it could only communicate between Skype users, and if you want to change to other service you have to rewrite all your contacts.

In the years of lacking high-quality VoIP services, I could bear that, but now there are so many choices.

Google's talk / voice is another commercial one, it opener than Skype, to allow 3nd-part clients.

And the real open-structure is provided by Linux community, like Ubuntu One, Ekiga ... their goal is to provide cross-platform IM ( whatever software you using, could send/receive message from any IM software ), and also including voice messages. For me, one problem is still, user can't have a real own ID, like domain / email.

Third, for Chinese people, the Skype forcing them to use a spyware-edition of Skype called Tom-Skype, I hate this, details may be read at Wiki.

So I don't like Skype, but I still using it, just because changing contacts is very boring. Good news is for me, every important contacts is given as email -- I never treat Skype as a formal contact method.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A suggestion for Google Reader: To Sort by My Likes, Please!

I'm sure there are many people like me: the reader seems to have 1000+ unread forever! And I think the fact is: this is a world, that you just can't read over!

Comparing have to unsubscribe something, I prefer to subscribe all seems to be interested, with no care of the quantity.

We all know that Google has the best codes to determine the order of search results, why not to use that for sorting unreads in Reader?

Change the mind to forcing users to read all, but to smart sort the unreads according to their likes. I think this is a better way of reading.