If you read my previous post “Sandy’s fring fling” you might just get the hint that the fring / Sandy / Twitter / G-Talk application is quite mind expanding.
There is a tendency to think of microblogging services, like Twitter, and IM chat services, like G-Talk, as toys. Kid’s stuff.
This reminds me of the reception e-mail got when I was involved in implementing my first hundred seat plus Local Area Network (LAN) back in the long gone pre-web early 1980s. We told our customer that now his staff were all online, he could now use his new infrastructure investment to for e-mail as well. It came bundled free with the network operating system. His reply “E-mail is a solution in search of a problem.” I’m sure today our customer relies on e-mail as much as anyone.
IM and microblogging are growing up …fast. And fring provides a mobile phone deployment platform for the growing range of services, like Sandy, that themselves embrace Twitter, still the world’s most popular microblogging service and G-Talk, an IM platform built on open standards.
This is likely to be a dynamic and important new business technology space. fring is both an important third party enabler and an easy introduction path for those wanting to get their heads around this mind expanding new world.