Friends don't let friends surf alone
Friday geek-culture, break! Via Lifehacker (a tremendously useful blog for simplifying life through technology), I learned about an extension for Firefox called Yakalike. It allows users visiting a website to chat with each other in a basic chatroom interface right there in the browser, in a small window that opens up on the bottom of the screen. This seems like a brilliant (albeit temporary -- Yakalike doesn't save transcripts) complement to comments and other interactivity elements that have been introduced to sites over the last couple of years.
When I tried it out in the wee hours of the morning, there was unfortunately no one to chat with... oh, the loneliness of bleeding edge technology! So, I'm going to hang out here on AlterNet off and on all day and see who pops in to say hi. Note that permanent nickname registration at the Yakalike site is disabled right now, but you can use a temporary nickname when you open the chat window. Happy chatting, and play nice!