Monday, March 7, 2005

AIM Web Presence Indicator

In my next couple posts, I'm going to cover some of the interfaces to the AIM system that exist currently. One such example is the AIM web presence server, AKA big.oscar.aol.com. You can construct an image URL that displays one image if you are online, and another image if you are offline. Here's an example:

<IMG SRC="http://big.oscar.aol.com/juberti?on_url=http://members.aol.com/juberti/images/online.gif&off_url=http://members.aol.com/juberti/images/offline.gif">

Note that if you are not using the "Allow everyone to see me" privacy mode, you will always show up as "offline" in this indicator.

You can also get clever and link the image to an aim GoIM URL, so that anyone who clicks on your icon will be able to easily send you an IM.

<A HREF="aim:goim?screenname=juberti"><IMG SRC="http://big.oscar.aol.com/juberti?on_url=http://members.aol.com/juberti/images/online.gif&off_url=http://members.aol.com/juberti/images/offline.gif"></A>

And here's it in action:

4 comments:

nickgraywfu said...

Cool! I just added this easy presence indicator to <A HREF="http://www.buddygopher.com/">BuddyGopher</a>'s away message history pages today.

antibsd said...

Nick, that's quite the thing you're running there. Ever have a problem with rate limits?

krnballa13411420 said...

i just kinda found this site......can u tell me how to get one/ use it

scottp00010 said...

could you point out if I missed any or have some of these incorrect

http://big.oscar.aol.com/BartSNQuery?type=3&screenname=
(mpeg)one of the user event sounds haven't taken time to determine which one it is.

http://big.oscar.aol.com/BartSNQuery?type=96&screenname=
(mpeg)one of the user event sounds haven't taken time to determine which one it is.

http://big.oscar.aol.com/BartSNQuery?type=131&screenname=
(mpeg)one of the user event sounds haven't taken time to determine which one it is.

http://big.oscar.aol.com/BartSNQuery?type=129&screenname=
users aim wallpaper if set - if not set you will receive page cannot be found