I’ll begin by reminding everyone that this website is generally about my own work. However there is that “and other cool stuff” thingy, right below the Hillel Stoler title, so from time to time I reserve the right to write about cool (or just useful) stuff other people are doing :)
Talkinator is an anonymous chat widget that will work on wordpress.com blogs, thus eliminating the meebo.com monopoly. It was made by the same people who created Mailinator – a single serving mailbox service. The idea behind Talkinator is that people could chat on your blog or website without the need to create a user or download any software.
You can set up a unique chat room of you choice, or (to my understanding) use an existing chat room – in which case people visiting your blog will be able to chat with people on other websites where this room is also available. I’ve created a chat room called “WORDPRESS COM”, you can add it to your blog by copying the following code:
<iframe width="250" height="350" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src='http://t8ra.info/$r?s=0&amp;t=h&amp;w=250&amp;h=350&amp;c=8b0000&amp;b=Wordpress%20Com'></iframe>
Talkinator looks pretty much low-tech (but not in a good way), and lacks on functionality. However, it is very easy to implement, and the code survives the wordpress.com filters. Another downside is the minimum widget size (which is 250px). This limitation will make it harder to put this widget on your wordpress.com blog’s sidebar (which is probably thinner than that). Also, the script generator could be improved (to say the least) but do check it out!
TIP: When you use this chat, a random username is automatically generated for you. You can change your name by writing “/nick NEWNAME” where NEWNAME is of course a name of your choice.