Thursday, October 26, 2006

IndiChat!

Several weeks ago we had an internal contest in which we competed by developing plugins to the then yet-to-be released Y! Messenger beta. I submitted a conversation plugin that helps one chat in Hindi and Tamil by typing the phonetic transcription. It wasn't an engineering marvel, but a practical utility nevertheless. While I didn't get any of the prizes, the judging team forwarded it to the Y! India Communities team, which got excited about it. They encouraged me to develop it to an official product supporting the effort with someone to develop the UI mocks. Last week, it was launched officially as IndiChat and has received a lot of press. The best part was when my father discovered it from the first page of a complimentary copy of "Business Line" that we got at a petrol pump!

OK, enough of vanity for the day.

6 Comments:

Blogger Epiphany said...

Hey Sundar...Congrats....
well somehow this news is not surprising AT ALL :)

October 27, 2006 9:51 am  
Anonymous Sanket said...

Wonderful. Congratulations! I am waiting for you guys to add a Kannada plugin to that. :)

October 28, 2006 1:00 am  
Blogger Sundar said...

@epi: Thanks for the wishes. :)
@sanket: A limited disclosure for the previleged would be that it's in the pipeline, very much near the tap. ;)

October 28, 2006 11:51 am  
Blogger Sundar said...

@sanket: As I promised, we've made Kannada part of IndiChat live today in time for Suvarna Karnataka celebrations tomorrow! Expect more Indian languages soon.

October 31, 2006 5:35 pm  
Blogger R. Rajesh Jeba Anbiah said...

Kudos for the efforts. But, unfortunately, I don't see it get installed.

November 23, 2006 4:08 pm  
Blogger Sundar said...

Rajesh, can you please explain? Does it not get installed? Or does it not open? If the former, please ensure that you've messenger version 8.0 or later. After you install, start a conversation with some one,go to the menu on the conversation window click on Choose plugin -> My plugins tab and click on the start button next to IndiChat.

November 24, 2006 11:58 am  

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