ActiveBuddy, as far as I can tell, is a new service that will retrieve info from participating companies via queries from AOL's Instant Messenger. It's got a little buzz going, and lots of IT media hype.
Is it just me, or is this a stupid idea? The example on the activebuddy website goes like this:
JoeUser: Hi TravelBuddy. What are today’s travel bargains?
TravelBuddy: Hi JoeUser. I've got some terrific travel specials for you today... [phony bargains snipped]
In a bizarre corporate/anticorporate move, radiohead's record company will be making 'radiohead info' available through activebuddy.
The announcement said a "Radiohead agent" will be able to reside on a user's contact list, and will respond to requests for information about the band, the album, tour dates, song lists, artist bios, album credits, purchasing information, and other related material. (read the rest at canoe.ca)
I don't have a strong argument to make (or any kind of argument at all), just that this seems like a dumb idea. I have posted it here so that in 3 months we can all come back and bask in my crapulence or clairvoyance.