Thanks to the developers for getting Smack to work with Google Talk.
I was eagerly waiting for this, and cranked out a bot that uses Smack to interface with several different sources of info.
It can search on Google, pull up stock quotes, search a specialized javadoc index, search a specialized wikipedia index, or search Amazon.
The point is to have a small form factor interface to multiple sources of info w/o requiring a browser.
The code and operational issues are alpha quality, but if someone wants to try it out please do so - the bot name is firstname.lastname@example.org, and to use it you just add it as a friend and give it the string “?” for help, or see my search blog for more info:
http://www.searchmorph.com/wp/ (note: the full URL to the post didn’'t render right so I have to put in a shorter URL here)
I’'m sorry if announcements are inappropriate for this forum.