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:
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!