TM iTalk Buddy – Creating Communities

Do you remember IRC? Those were the heydays of online communication, with ICQ (do you remember your ICQ number still because for some odd reason I do..).

And yeah I had a 6 digit ICQ number at one point until I forgot the password.

ICQ went downhill FAST when it was bought by AOL (1998).

Nowadays we have all kind of options, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN, Google Talk, Skype and various clients which will enable you to use all networks (My favourites are Trillian and Miranda).

We have a new option now, from TM here in Malaysia called iTalk Buddy.

iTalk Buddy

Initially I just wrote Italk Buddy off as another copycat, same old thing – probably based on Jabber trying to grab a little bit of the IM market share.

But after some investigation I found it was actually pretty good and technologically quite advanced, the most impressive parts for me are the offline bits and the fact you can really create your own communities behind a firewall and without the general requirement of an Internet connection.

This is perfect for those in offices, hostels or hotels that can’t get out to the Internet but can communicate on the LAN or local network – also allows for file and print sharing, screen sharing, group work on documents and of course chatting or calling.

They call it SON or Self Organizing Network.

It also has the oldskool ICQ style user search, so you can find types of people by location, age, interest and so on.

You can also do offnet calls (PC – Landphone/Cellphone calls), mobile blogging, FREE 3D Moji and options for premium services.

The 3D virtual pet is pretty cool – it has AI built in so you can actually have a conversation with it. It’s designed to be responsive and emotive and to adopt your traits.

Virtual Pet

You can find out more at the Italk Buddy website and portal:

http://www.italkbuddy.com.my/

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7 Responses to TM iTalk Buddy – Creating Communities

  1. davidlian January 14, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    Hehe… a couple of years ago I was involved in a pitch for Greenpacket and one of the products they wanted to push was SONbuddy. Did TMNet buy / license the product off GreenPacket and rebrand it into iTalkbuddy? There must be more to this story…

  2. hcfoo January 14, 2008 at 11:44 pm #

    I think many people still prefer MSN as it’s free from spam, unlike Yahoo Messenger. Same as Skype which is prone to spams. As for iTalkbuddy, I don’t think I’ll consider it at all coz building up a whole new frens list is not something I like to do.

  3. Planet Malaysia January 15, 2008 at 1:07 am #

    Hmm…made in Malaysia… can trust?

  4. v0ices January 15, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    What’s wrong with “made in Malaysia”?
    You’ll surprised how good some “Made in Malaysia” technology can be. We are usually let down only by the support after that.

    Sorry, off topic a bit there.

  5. yummyyyy January 15, 2008 at 8:52 pm #

    I’ve tried this iTalk Buddy as well and yes, TM bought the rights from GreenPacket. Though it’s not as good as MSN or YM now but give them time to improve. Heard they received lots of comments from user (including myself) and they are trying to meet those requirements as and when possible. I would say they have a lots of feature which MSN and YM don’t have.

  6. ShaolinTiger January 17, 2008 at 6:58 pm #

    davidlian: It’s still powered by SONBuddy yeah.

    hcfoo: Yeah of course, the main contention with people is that their friend lists are already with another system. The advantage of this is you can create communities in a limited environment.

    Planet Malaysia: What’s wrong with local stuff? There’s some great local technology products.

    yummyyyy: Yah agree, it’s still young and it’s developing so we can expect it to get better.