IM-ified Mobile Services

27May07

I’ve been playing around with the idea of attaching a location-based information app to twitter. As some might have read, I’m also a fan of the (ok, somewhat nerdy) idea of using command-line-style interaction on mobile phones to trigger arbitrary remote services. (Just take a look at yubnub and you’ll see that this idea could actually make sense.)

Some time ago I came across this MobileCrunch post about Nancy Drew’s Mobile Mystery, a mobile game that’s promoting an upcoming movie. People can play the game from their mobile, using the the AOL Instant Messenger for mobile phones.

Ok, this might not exactly be the same idea as a mobilized version of yubnub. But I still think it’s a nice example of an ‘IM-ified’ mobile service – where users trigger complex remote functionality, using IM as a person-to-machine communication infrastructure.

Combine this with traditional person-to-person IM conversations (and maybe location from GPS or Cell ID?) – and I sense some compelling new service opportunities coming up! 🙂



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