I was looking at the white space in ProgrammableWeb: Web 2.0 Mashup Matrix and noticed that Skype has almost no entries. but then I looked at the other IM services and they don't ay entries either. So what is it about Instant Messaging that makes Mashups with other Web APIs difficult? Well IM is yet another Identity name space and is predominantly about people. And very, very few systems (with or without APIs) allow you to search for people or retrieve data based on their IM address. The limit seems to be just inserting IM links into people's profiles and maybe showing their presence information. And like IRC, developing bots that embed some external function into an IM chat conversation.

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