Tuesday, March 15, 2005

AIM Web Presence Indicator - with Buddy Icons!

Some of you have noticed that I display my current buddy icon in the "All About Me" section. This is accomplished through a new feature of the big.oscar.aol.com server, where you can supply a URL of the form "http://big.oscar.aol.com/BartSNQuery?screenname=ZolaOnAOL&type=1" and get a response like

You can also specify "type=0" to get the mini buddy icon.

With some trickery, you can even combine the buddy icon with the AIM Web Presence Indicator to show your buddy icon when you are online, and an offline icon when you are offline. Here's an example: "http://big.oscar.aol.com/juberti?on_url=http://tinyurl.com/4z8aj&off_url=http://www.aim.com/remote/gr/MNB_offline.gif"

Note that I had to use TinyUrl to condense the original BartSNQuery URL, since big.oscar doesn't like multiple "&"s and "="s in the URL. I'll have to see if I can figure out a better workaround.

Give it a shot on your own webpage!


jerziezfinestboo said...

i really dont understand this web page....i want to get a specific icon and i got your web page..please help me...

xstatic747i said...

Howzabout screennames with numbers? I'm pretty sure that's the cause of my problem. I tried escaping them, but they still won't work.

xstatic747i said...

Damn, nevermind, it was my privacy settings.

tevy269 said...

I am very curious to what is BartSNQuery.....can you expain to a pretty much illiterate girl when it comes to computers