It’s Raining Presence

I update my Plazes location and status many times a day. Which does a good job at updating my Plazes contacts about where I’m at. But I’ve also got Jaiku friends. And Twitter friends. And Facebook friends. Surely there should be a way of having my Plazes presence information trickle elsewhere.

Fortunately this is made not-too-difficult (if not exactly painless) by the APIs available for each of the above (API = “way of talking to a service using a computer program, not a web browser”). And so is born PresenceRouter, an AppleScript Studio application that grabs my Plazes presence and does the trickling.

So I use the Plazer as the “mothership” and update my status message:

Presence Router in Action

I fire up the PresenceRouter, and it connects to Plazes, grabs my status, and sends it elsewhere:

Presence Router in Action

The end result is that my status is now echoed to Plazes, Jaiku, Twitter and Facebook:

Presence Router in Action Presence Router in Action Presence Router in Action Presence Router in Action

Whether it makes sense to do all this client-side is up for discussion, but in the meantime it lets me keep a toe dipped in many presence waters without having to wildly thrash about updating each every time I walk across the street.

No code to release yet as it’s all very fresh, but I will soon.


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Peter Rukavina on July 26, 2007 - 15:23 Permalink

If you want to play the home game, follow along in the PlazesRouter Group. There’s a link to an alpha-alpha there.

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Peter Rukavina on July 27, 2007 - 15:10 Permalink

Released a new version, which should fix Facebook problems and also adds the ability to route presence to email. Get it from the group.