With so many instant messengers sharing basically the same principles on the market, many users are looking out for some novel ideas in software products of the kind. Weblin will surely provide a whiff of fresh air for chatware fans.
The free application offers a completely new approach to instant messaging. Instead of exchanging messages in traditional chat windows, users will now be able to choose avatars and meet other members of Weblin community while surfing the web. The animated avatars let you approach others, talk to them and show your emotions. Everything you say is displayed either in speech bubbles right above your avatar or in chat windows upon your choice. Meanwhile, you gain points that can later be used to access additional features or buy gifts for other weblings. However, it is not only that the program lets you chat with occasional acquaintances - you can choose a person to be your friend and communicate with him/her whenever you like.
To customize your profile, see the top links visited by other weblings and use other features of the program, you will need to go to Weblin homepage.
On the downside, the application is not compatible with all browsers: it works well with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox but is not supported by Opera. Moreover, there are no voice or video capabilities.
Generally speaking, Weblin is a very basic instant messenger. But the novel idea behind it makes the application very addictive and offers hope for its further development and improvement.