Holy mashup Batman. This is an incredible day as it heralds an era where VoIP is firmly entrenched in the world of Web 2.0. I mean this is fantastic. If you believe the definition of Web 2.0 is really WD 40 then you know that the lubricant that allows applications, user interfaces and databases to be seamlessly connected will really take off when the phone network is interconnected as part of the Web 2.0 world. Today is that day as the GoogleTalk API is now released. What wonderful applications will we see in the future?
Picture a Google map connected with any database, allowing a user to click on the map to initiate an immediate phone call. For example you can click on a push pin of a Chinese restaurant located on the route home from work and voila, instant call. Certainly this is a boring one. Dating services could leverage this API as well to connect users instantaneously.
Ecommerce sites can use this API as well. The possibilities are endless. If you hear of any great mashups involving this API be sure to let me know.
Check out Tom Keating’s excellent blog entry on the GoogleTalk API.