Had an idea for a great Instant messenger add on app. It would be wicked to have something like google adwords for IM, but instead of ads, showing relevant excerpts from past chats and web history.
Essentially google for your brain.
So as you chat about the best way to skin a cat you can have a side window showing the time you talked about cat skinning with your uncle Owswald, and where you can buy cat skinning tools, and web pages about cat skinning. The trick of course is deciding what is relevant and doing it in a non invasive manner. Maybe google could do this, maybe thats the future of http://www.google.com/talk/ (yet another IM client).
Why limit just to IM why not live search your whole computing experience?
What would distinguish this from existing desktop searching (google desktop/ yahoo/ spotlight) is that it would be live updating and passive ( no user effort ) perhaps something that hooks into standard edit boxes the way the system wide spellcheck does in Mac OSX.
Only if you could make it so the user didn’t know they were using it would it be useful. If the user has to think about searching then the product is dead because as soon as I think about searching I may as well do a full search, but if its just there like a cup of coffee on your desk and you sip with out thinking then it would work..
perhaps this will be in OS X 10.6 .. Spotlight 2 ( the version that works 🙂 )
Today is defiantly one of those verbal diarrhea days the ideas keep coming no time to filter…. oh well.