We launched the conversational overlay Firefly this week. We had planned to roll out Firefly at tech meetup but Dave Winer was in our office on tuesday am and we gave him a preview. He wrote a post and within 5 mins this is what his blog entry looked like this:
In this picture you can see his blog about firefly with firefly active on the page. Everyone present on the page is represented by a mouse icon and some of those people are chatting within firefly. I wrote a piece about overlays and layers of the web a few weeks ago and firefly is a great example of this layering idea. Its also a return to the early days of the internet – when would crawl into some corner of the net and just start talking with someone — community and people were far more present than they are today. Firefly offers up a layer of interaction where conversations can take place while people are still remain in context on the page — no download, no extension, no registration, just people on a page. I had a crazed week but wanted to put up this screen shot before the weekend hits.
Couple of related links:
Summize search on firefly, a good way to find whats going on