Ever wondered why can’t we have a chat-bot that responds when we’re idling or away ?
Sathya tried this a couple of times while he “appeared” to be away on GTalk by responding something like “The recipient of your message is currently inactive”.
One could argue saying that the status should reflect what the person is doing. But then, more often than not, my friends’ status always say they’re Busy, but ping them, and you’ll end up spending an hour or two chatting nonsense!
Anyway, requirement or not, I think it’s a pretty cool thing to have a Bot that can respond on your behalf. Even better, how about integrating a “Mirror Bot” which echoes back whatever the buddy has just typed, or a “Emacs Psychiatrist Bot” which will piss the shyte out of your buddy?
Hmmm.. Probably against the social networking etiquettes.
Thoughts on that?