On 26th of July a new phenomenon went live – it is called WhoisLive !!
For the first time ever, see who is browsing on any Web page. Chat, get tips, share links, and meet new people with similar interests. Use the Web like you always do, only now, see what happens when you can see Who is Live!
Is the claim from whoislive
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After you have downloaded the extension or add-on for Firefox or Internet Explorer (Chrome coming soon, very soon I hope) you can see other people that are viewing that page and chat with them in real time – pretty much like an Instant messenger. Of course the other users have to have downloaded and installed the extention too, so it will take a while to reach its full potential, but it could mean lots of new ways of networking with people.
Say you are on a fan page website and you want to ask someone a question without having to post to a forum and having to wait for an answer, you can ask right there and then, or just any website that you need support on.
How exciting is that! You don’t have to allow them, you just interact with anyone that is on the same page as you! The options are endless with this new way of chatting!
You can only see one page at a time and if you are not on that page you won’t get alerts or anything, its all realtime!
The personal information they will see is your full name picture and a link to your Facebook profile. (hmm)
You can use whoislive on any web page, even Facebook, I wonder what that will be like on twitter? However, another good reason not to use Facebook chat.
To get Whoislive go to http://whoislive.com/
And Click on Download WhoisLive
Follow the installation instructions that come up, very simple and clear!
When it is installed – you have to sign up with your facebook account, and allow many permissions, which I’m always really fussy about actually – but OK I will try it out.
Whoislive is requesting permission to do the following
You accept this and then you can see who is on the website. Easy as pie to set up.
Sadly no one on the site was talking so I didn’t actually get to chat to someone, and IE was clunkey as that is just how it is. I have a random bit of code (?) something there at the side of the chat menu that wouldn’t go anywhere but it was operational. You must understand that this is still in Beta and any problems will be ironed out.
I tried a few other pages but there was no one else there. I’m sure as this gets more popular it will be lots of fun.
To conclude, I will revoke access to this for the time being and wait for a Chrome version when hopefully the Facebook permissions will be different. I’m not confident about something that needs to post anything to my wall and have access to all of my information. Its a real shame for me that it even has to have anything to do with Facebook.
However, Facebook has always stated that that will never allow an application to do this – Quote: Facebook does not provide the ability to track who is viewing your profile or any part of your profile. Applications cannot provide this functionality. So will this eventually be blocked?
Edit: A little piece of goodnews – you can actually remove Whoislive’s permission to post to your wall AND email you, but it is required however to access ALL of your information.
Go to Account – Privacy settings – Apps and websites – edit your settings.
From @WhoisLive Twitter account – We are working on other ways to allow people to sign in – stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated!
My question to you is, is this a new phenomenon or are there other applications that can do this?
Edit – I have been informed by many people – (you may wish to read my comments) that this isn’t new. Someone pointed out that www.whoson.com is very similar – one of the differences is that you do have to buy Whoson.com and I am not sure if this is from ANY WEBSITE or just your own. Now someone has mentioned Stormdriver too. I have asked @Whoislive for a comment on this – will keep you updated.
Whoislive answered shortly after with this.
Have fun – if you try it out – I will be waiting for the “other way to sign in”
Hope this helps