Windows Live Messenger IM Control for your blog/ website

here's a blog/website widget that is sure to get you jumping in your chair - the Live Messenger IM Control.

The Windows Live Messenger IM Control lets people on the Web reach you in via your normal Messenger interface. The control also shows your Messenger status. Live Messenger IM Control just runs in the browser and lets site visitors message you without requiring Messenger on the visitor's machine.  It doesn't even require the visitor to have a Live Messenger account as they can post as anonymous user. The IM Control is supported in IE6, IE7, and Firefox 2.0 on Windows and Firefox 2.0 on Mac OS. 

So, how do you get started?

To use the IM Control:

1. Go to http://settings.messenger.live.com/applications/websettings.aspx.  Sign in with your Windows Live ID as needed.

2. Turn on your Web settings to show your presence and receive IM from the Web. 

3. Pick a way to show your presence (the icon or the mini-messenger window)

4. Copy the HTML from the page and post it on your Web site.

5. When a visitor comes to you page, they can click on “Begin a conversation” to start sending you IM. 

I have implemented this already and you can see it in action located to the right here. the only customisation i made was changing the width of the iframe to fit in the narrow right margin of this page.

Note that if you turn on Web settings, anybody on the Web can see your presence and send you IM messages.

to view a more step by step instruction, please click here.

Comments

Vasudev said…
Thanks for this. Will be implementing and posting about this on my blog soon.
Vasudev said…
Implemented and posted about it at :
http://vasudevg.blogspot.com/2007/11/using-windows-live-messenger-im-control.html

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