Im looking for a discussions, feedback and ideas on implementing a custom instant messenger implementation in my webapp. I have tried some ideas but they all lack and I dont feel like "ok this feels good lets go on with this concept"
- facebook style bottom page always on ( don't like this one, its intrusive eats space )
- Floating windows keeping them floated even true page reloads by remember position
- Popup window that keeps open next to the website's or in a tab depending on browser config
- any ideas by the community on how to implement an instant messenger?
Option #1 ofcourse is widely accepted but I don't like it at all it eats space and it feels like copycatting facebook.
Option #2 This feels like an innovative idea to me and has the most traction towards I want to implement, although im not sure how user friendly it is to keep windows open they would also eat up space and might interrupt with the other page elements.
Option #3 Several sites do this, I personally don't like switching between windows and it feels a bit unprofessional although several big site's use this method
Option #4 What is the community's look at implementing instant messenger features inside an existing web application?