Bots also known as web robots, WWW robots, are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone.
Google Talk Bots so are the web programs that can be added as your virtual friends on Gtalk to do interesting things like generate notifications of many kinds, bookmark stuff that’s interesting to popular sites like deli.ci.ous, manage calendar entries and share the same or so many other interesting things as you may want. Unlike real friends these bots are never offline and are always acting on your command and perform tasks easily for you.
Here are the 5 most useful ‘bots’ that transform Google Talk into a more useful program:
Of all the bots that you can add, imified is most versatile and valuable. Simply add IMified as a buddy to your messenger contact list and you will able to access and use growing number of web applications (Google Calendar, Basecamp, IMified ToDo’s, IMified Reminder, etc., WordPress, Twitter, etc.) right from the messenger window.
IMified also has a very helpful feature that lets you create shortcuts for specific tasks in a service. For example, you can create a one word command that lets you add a task to your todo list, which is much simpler than going through multiple menus and then adding a task.
Imified Notes: Manage and Store notes.
Imified reminders: Seat and schedule reminders.
Pownce: Send/Receive messages, links, and events to and from your friends on Pownce.
Toodledo: Keep track of your to-do list.
Blogger: Post entries to your Blogger blog.
Google Calender: Post and view calendar entries.
BudgetBot: Makes it easy to track your personal finances on the go.
Del.icio.us: Post bookmarks to your Delicious account
Twitter and/or Jaiku: post to Twitter and/or Jaiku.
Live Journal: post lo your live journal blog.
Typepad: post entries to your Typepad blog.
Braingle: daily brain teaser, quiz and Mentalrobics articles from Braingle.com
Netlookup: Provides a collection of networking tools.
Others: Ping, traceroute, Alexa, whois, enum and
lots more: Basecamp, RememberTheMilk, etc.
For bloggers reading blogs/sites and keeping abreast with latest is one hell of a task.
And in doing so if you are tired of constantly refreshing websites waiting for the next update?
Want to be notified when a breaking story hits, a friend leaves a comment on your profile, a FedEx package arrives at your home or a Nintendo Wii is in stock?
Check out IM Feeds to do all of the above and more. IMfeeds lets you keep up with the latest information in real-time. Whether it’s staying up-to-date with technology, politics, business and more, IM Feeds is the easiest way to get RSS updates delivered to you.
In simple words, it is an instant messaging-based RSS reader. You can manage your subscribed feeds by sending the IM Feeds buddy a message. To get started, simply add IMFeeds to your buddy list and send it a ‘join’ message. You’ll receive further instructions from there.
The friendfeed IM bot was created using the IMified API. It allows you to share interesting web pages, photos or videos with your friendfeed friends. It allows you to post messages and links as of now. It does not have the functionality of giving alerts on updates and comments for now as they are asking people to give feedback on the service and features they would want.
Simply add email@example.com as your GTalk friend and Send “help” to the bot to see how it works..
A very useful bot for those who love twitter and I am just one of them. And if you are a blogger then you know it’s big and you absolutely need it. Most of us also don’t want to visit the website to update it every time so here’s a bot that helps you do it from your IM itself.
However to add this bot you first need to verify your account with Twitter and then it’s all fun. Just write and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and the same would be published for everyone to see.
This is big and very powerful. Ping.fm is a useful service that makes updating your social networks a snap. Making an update on Ping.fm pushes the update to a number of different social websites at once. This allows individuals using multiple social networks to update their status only once, without having to update it in all their social mediums individually. Ping.fm groups services into three categories – status updates, blogs, and micro-blogs – and updates can be sent to each group separately.
Ping.fm accepts text, images and soon video!
Just add email@example.com to Gtalk and you can do all that from you messenger itself. You can update twitter, facebook, wordpress, jaiku, identi.ca, myspace, friendfeed, linkedin, tumblr, plaxo, friendster, delicious, bebo and more.
For more interesting Bots to make your Gtalk more productive/ useful read this post.