Introducing Nokia Chat - instant messaging with location sharingThu, 2008-07-10 10:36
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Up here in north of Finland the culture of social interaction and heated discussions is just as rare as seeing reindeers is in Sahara. Well, you might see one, but then you still might wonder if it actually happened or not ;-) To cut the long story short, it goes without saying that us Finns are perceived as just about the most reserved nation on the face of Earth.
On that note, we've been recently thinking of ways to help a shy Finn be more alike the rest of the human breed - expressing themselves, making the best of now and letting everybody know what he or she is all about. As a result of this, we've put together this app that will act as a first chapter of communication without words - but also provoking discussion about you and your friends. Sounds too big of a promise? Well let's look at the Nokia Chat app a bit closer to understand more.
Nokia Chat is a Presence and IM client that integrates to your Contacts Application. It can do automated presence based on your location too. Way it works is that you just save landmarks you want to broadcast and boom - in no time you'll be saying things without typing anything. Do visit our web page to find out more details.
Change your avatar, define details to your personal contact card and let the world find you (there's a setting to define whether you want to be visible in the search or not, that is). What about the provoking discussions promise I gave a few lines back? Well, at least I've found my self starting to comment on a personal status message of my friends more than once. Provoking personal message, the fact of knowing where the other person is or seeing the status can make you seriously ask questions in a spree. Works for the shy Finn, that is.
Another thing worth highlighting is the fact that we love our beautiful smileys. I think highly of our graphical designer for the design that our smileys have - how do you find them? :-)
Invite your friends to take the service in to use as well - we've added an easy way of spreading the word in the app.
What we'd love to know really from you is that how do you find all of this. Does it help you to speak up and express yourself without words? Would you see it completementing your arsenal of messaging tools in your device? Does the app give enough real-estate about you to your closest ones? Did you find annoyances and bugs that we didn't notice in time?
We truly appreciate all of the feedback that you may give us!
On behalf of the developers - we hope you'll enjoy the experience as much as we enjoyed making this,