Thursday, March 13, 2008

iPhone SDK and TinyBuddy IM stats

Two quick things:

1) Apple released the iPhone SDK last week, and as part of the announcement, AOL demonstrated an AIM client that was built with the SDK. Hopefully AOL will continue the AIM client development so that in the June timeframe there will be a "real" AIM client for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

If you want to see the AIM client demo part of the announcement, you can view the video from Go to this link:

Then click on "View Presentation". Warning: this link may not be valid over time. The video you want to watch should be titled "Apple March 6 Event". The AIM part is around the 52 minute, 51 second mark.

Rizwan Sattar from AOL does the AIM demo -- we work in the same office! Rizwan did a great job with the demo.

2) With the Open AIM launch last week (, I now get stats for how much my API key is used. This in turn gives a rough idea of how much TinyBuddy IM is used. For a 7 day period (last Wednesday to this Wednesday), the stats are:

Peak Simultaneous Users: 183 (how many people used it at one time)
Sessions: 116,943
IMs Sent: 513,384
IMs Received: 566,301

So every minute (averaged), that equates to:
11 sessions per minute
50 IMs sent
56 IMs received

That is certainly much better than I thought it would be. It is nothing like the usage of a full AIM client, but I'm happy to see that much usage out of a fringe product. Thanks for using it!

Although, I hope in the June/summer timeframe there will be a "real" AIM client that works natively with the iPhone and iPod Touch so we do not have to suffer with the limitations of the pure web-based approach that TinyBuddy IM uses.


nippongo90 said...

I must say; your AIM enabled client works great. I was looking everywhere for an iChat equivalent and this suits me very well. Thanks for making this web app it really raises the effective coolness of my iPod by at least 20%.

dianatr5 said...

please help me cancel my AIM ACCOUNT. MY COMPUTER IS LOW IN MEMORY AND I FREEZE A LOT.  I really dont use AIM application.  How can I cancel without endangering my service?  Thank you so much for your attention Mister Burke.


tinybuddy said...

dianatr5: If you are using Windows on your computer, you should be able to:
- Click Start button
- Select Control Panel
- Select Add/Remove Programs

At least that is how I think it goes. Once you get to Add/Remove programs, you should see an entry for AIM. You can select that entry and there should be a button to remove or delete the program. Removing the program does not affect your AIM or AOL account.