A Web-based IM that “sticks” to the desktop

I’m not a heavy IM user anymore, so not sure Velvet Puffin’s Web-based instant messaging service will really take off the way that R. Chandrasekar is hoping it will (most of my IM traffic has gone to Twitter or Pownce) but it did do something worthy of note: You sign in with your Web browser and you get an IM client that looks like it’s part of the Web page. Close the browser, though, and the IM client sticks around.

This is the kind of “rich Internet application” that I’d expect to see tons of next year after Adobe’s AIR and Microsoft’s Silverlight get better understood (and get finished). Already Pownce has an Adobe AIR version that’s looks similar to an IM client. Anyway, I have an interview with R. Chandrasekar, CEO of Velvet Puffin, and he gives me a demo, too, which I’ll embed here for your viewing pleasure. He came to see me from Singapore, so we met in a restaurant near SFOs airport. Sorry if it’s a little noisy there.

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Comments

  1. After watching this video and trying out Velvet Puffin for myself, I have to say, I am really excited. While the multiple-IMs-on-client thing has been done before, I love how Velvet Puffin integrates them all AND seamlessly brings them to your mobile AND your desktop. This is very cool.

    Thanks for the video Robert. Grand slam for sure.

  2. After watching this video and trying out Velvet Puffin for myself, I have to say, I am really excited. While the multiple-IMs-on-client thing has been done before, I love how Velvet Puffin integrates them all AND seamlessly brings them to your mobile AND your desktop. This is very cool.

    Thanks for the video Robert. Grand slam for sure.

  3. Wow, this looks great! The Windows Live Messenger team has already been trying to integrate social networking within their products, but this is crazy cool. The simplistic and powerful design, cross-platform (browser and operating system) capabilities, and easy connectivity from the Web make this product stand out. Although other online clients have attempted this, they were more of an on-the-go IM that allowed basic chatting with other networks. This is a fully featured web client (or will be if Mr. Chandraseker and his crew keep up the good work), and could be the next hot thing in Web 2.0. Having the desktop version also makes this a great feature for hardcore users. There site needs a speed tune up. I hope this can get off the ground.

    -Vainentree
    http://thenerdcan.wordpress.com/

  4. Wow, this looks great! The Windows Live Messenger team has already been trying to integrate social networking within their products, but this is crazy cool. The simplistic and powerful design, cross-platform (browser and operating system) capabilities, and easy connectivity from the Web make this product stand out. Although other online clients have attempted this, they were more of an on-the-go IM that allowed basic chatting with other networks. This is a fully featured web client (or will be if Mr. Chandraseker and his crew keep up the good work), and could be the next hot thing in Web 2.0. Having the desktop version also makes this a great feature for hardcore users. There site needs a speed tune up. I hope this can get off the ground.

    -Vainentree
    http://thenerdcan.wordpress.com/

  5. this has been done first by trillian Astra and they didn`t even were using AIR or silverlight, but yes i have seen silverlight apps using this, i saw a guy recreating WMP11 as silverlight object, and it completely would fool anyone.. you are not able to tell the difference from the web replication and the desktop original.

  6. this has been done first by trillian Astra and they didn`t even were using AIR or silverlight, but yes i have seen silverlight apps using this, i saw a guy recreating WMP11 as silverlight object, and it completely would fool anyone.. you are not able to tell the difference from the web replication and the desktop original.

  7. I HATE applications which force me to use the mouse to actually do something.

    I dont want yet another service to have me a social network, I want those boys to play together and let me have one place to run it.

    Is this really so complicated?

  8. I HATE applications which force me to use the mouse to actually do something.

    I dont want yet another service to have me a social network, I want those boys to play together and let me have one place to run it.

    Is this really so complicated?

  9. “Yes, but meebo doesn’t really have the social networking aspect, nor the downloadable client that make this product stand out.”

    I’m on Fedora Core, what the hell am I supposed to do?
    Meebo works on Ubuntu or Fedora.
    Desktop software for a web 2.0 concept is retarded.
    It’s all supposed to work seamlessly in your browser, on any platform, remember?

  10. “Yes, but meebo doesn’t really have the social networking aspect, nor the downloadable client that make this product stand out.”

    I’m on Fedora Core, what the hell am I supposed to do?
    Meebo works on Ubuntu or Fedora.
    Desktop software for a web 2.0 concept is retarded.
    It’s all supposed to work seamlessly in your browser, on any platform, remember?

  11. Instant Messaging meets Social Networking

    Recently I came across a PodTech show on the Scobleizer. Robert was interviewing Chandra CEO of Velvet Puffin, who was demonstrating their offering in a buys SFO restaurant.
    So I decided to test drive it myself. At first it seemed like any other web b…