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Remembering eBuddy :- The Genesis of Instant Messaging
An Unforgettable Application for Mobile Chatting and Instant Messaging
This article is for the remembrance, description and analysis of the importance, impact, usefulness and different formats of eBuddy chat (application and web based) which may no longer be applicable nowadays but for the benefit of reference, history and learning purpose.
It will be very unfair that after many years of enjoying an instant messaging application like ebuddy, we fail to put down a record and memory of this nature as a remembrance and reference for the young generation and the generation to come. According to a popular quote by Kilroy J. Oldster, " we must treasure our memories just as we cherish our dreams because without dreams and memory human life would be sad, brutal, and meaningless"
In recent years, browsing the internet with mobile phones has received tremendous boost. Most people can easily visit websites, social network sites, send and receive mails, download, perform online streaming, research and in fact do lots of things on the internet using their mobile phones.
The same also goes with chatting and online dissemination of information with modern platforms that are fully developed and very much equipped with numerous modern features that enhance mobile chatting and makes it very interesting and useful. The most popular of these modern mobile chat platforms includes:
- Facebook Mobile
- Blackberry Messenger (BBM)
- Google hangouts
The invention and introduction of these fantastic applications have improved the quality of mobile chat platform to the best level and we have really embraced and enjoyed the useful of it.
However, so many of us has forgotten the origin and stages of development and progressive improvements of mobile chat and the hero applications that initiated and elucidated the importance and effectiveness of mobile chatting. One of theses hero applications is eBuddy and for the context of this article, eBuddy will be our major concentration.
Brief History of eBuddy
eBuddy was originally developed by Paulo Taylor. His idea was established as a consequence from a bet to develop MSN Messenger, as it was named in 2003, for a mobile phone. After several weeks he won the bet, and uploaded the application to a server. A web version was soon developed following users' demands. As user traffic spurred, Taylor decided to take the idea further.
Originally backed by Prime Technology Ventures and Lowland Capital Partners and headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with offices in Singapore and San Francisco, United States., after a successful partnership with Japanese-based GREE, eBuddy was sold via an aqui-hire to Booking.com
eBuddy Chat was a line of multi-protocol instant messaging clients: it allowed users with Facebook Chat, MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ and AOL accounts to chat free of charge in one aggregated interface. eBuddy Chat supported a Web interface and also supported iOS, Android, J2ME and mobile Web-enabled devices. In 2010, it was named one of the five finalists for “Best Mobile App” in the Mashable Awards.
With the move toward mobile, in 2013, the company announced that it was discontinuing development of its eBuddy Chat multi-protocol instant messaging clients.
My personal experience with ebuddy
Ebuddy is a mobile web - based and application - based messenger that supports instant messaging , which enable mobile device users to access our favorite chat sites with ease. Not only that we can access these chat sites, we also can snap and send pictures, send buzz and emotions to friends, set mood; (online, busy, away, idle, etc) while chatting.
As stated above, more to eBuddy is that it enable users to log into up to seven chat rooms (Window Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google talk, Myspace Instant Messenger, Facebook Chat, AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ) all at the same time using only one interface. That is to say, users can chat with friends in any of the chat rooms they have registered and signed into at the same time. This, ofcourse, made ebuddy very efficient especially where the user decides to connect and chat in multiple rooms at the same time and has led to the design and development of the modern mobile chat applications being used today.
I started using ebuddy from 2005 until 2013 when it was discontinued and it would be worthwhile to say that through out my eight years of enjoying ebuddy, i never regretted any bit of it.
I got to know about this wonderful application from a close friend and a coursemate when i was still in my 3rd year in the University in 2005. It was on a Saturday during our weekend evening group study that i discovered my friend to be busy pressing his mobile phone ( we both were using Sagem my x5 phone that run on java then). So i enquired from him what he was doing and he showed me ebuddy on his phone. He also helped me install the application on my java phone too and ever since then we both chat together with ebuddy and we also informed most of our coursemates who were also using java phones and we were happy chatting on ebuddy.
Normally, ebuddy came in two versions:
- Web - based version
- Application version
Application - based eBuddy messenger
This is a mobile application that enable users have access to their favorite chat rooms with their mobile phones. Mobile phones that support this application includes all phones that support Java Me applications. In order to have ebuddy installed on a mobile device, we have to ensure that the phone software format supports java applications, i.e (.jar file format). The design and format of eBuddy mobile application encompass features that enable an easy way to chat with mobile phones.
The popular features in the application based ebuddy includes:
* Multiple sign in into chat rooms
* Automatic refresh
* Instant messaging
* Buzz and emotions
* Snap and send pictures
* Set notifications like
* View online and offline contacts
* View recent chats
* Sound and vibration alert when message, buzz, pictures or emotion is received.
Previously, there is always an issue of mobile phone battery quick discharge because of constant GPRS connection but an update was released on Application based ebuddy then which introduced an in-built customized automatic battery saving capability. So, even when you have 24 hour constant GPRS connecting on your mobile phone while using eBuddy, the battery life will still last for you. In fact,all these wonderful features make eBuddy:- an easy way to chat with mobile phones.
eBuddy Application for mobile
Web based eBuddy messenger
Unlike the application based eBuddy, web based eBuddy does not require downloading or installing the eBuddy application. Only what it requires is to visit the ebuddy website, although the site has been disconnected since 2013.
How web - based eBuddy work
It is important to reiterate, (for clarity) that this article is for analysis, description and remembrance of the usefulness and operational procedures of eBuddy chat and may no longer be applicable nowadays but for the benefit of reference and learning purpose.
Below is the description and illustration of how eBuddy web was accessed.
With mobile browsers (phone web browser, chrome, opera mini, internet explorer, bolt browser, ucweb etc) visit the ebuddy website. It opens with an option to download the application. But since we dont want the application to be downloaded, we scroll down to SKIP and click (because you don't want to download the application). After that, you will see lists of popular chat sites, select and click on the chat sites you want to log into. When it opens, it will require you to sign in with your username and password. So you have to put the username and the password of the particular chat site you intend to sign into. For instance, if you want to chat on Yahoo messenger, you must sign in with your yahoo messenger username and password, likewise in other sites.
Once you have signed in, you will be taken to a window that displays your online contacts and recent chats. All you need do is to click on the name or username of an online contact to type and send a message. You can also send an offline messages in Yahoo messenger chat rooms.
If you wants to sign into another chat site, what you do is to scroll down to SETTINGS and click. Then click on ACCOUNTS and mark the accounts you want to add. You will be prompted to sign in with the username and password of the chat site you selected. After that click on SAVE. By doing this, you will find out that you have successfully signed into multiple chat sites and can chat at the same time in all of them, using only one interface. In fact, eBuddy presents to you a simple and easy way to chat with mobile phones.
You have to click on the RELOAD button at the top - left in order to refresh the page.
Another better way of using eBuddy web based messenger is to first register with Application based eBuddy to get an eBuddy ID. Once you have registered, you can now sign into eBuddy with your username and password. Once you have signed in, automatically all the sites which you have included during registration will be signed in also. You just have to sign in once and you are signed in into several favorite chat sites of your choice, there by making ebuddy an easy way to chat with mobile phones.