Sunday, April 10, 2005
MyDict is an AIM Dictionary Bot
MyDict is an AIM bot that we built as a test-of-theory. You can query MyDict for English dictionary results from your Danger Sidekick (or any other AIM-enabled mobile device). MyDict works on the desktop, too, but our dictionary results aren't as current as other on-line dictionary sources.
As you may have noticed from using BuddyGopher, we take pride in returning fast, text-only results. One of the reasons that MyDict is so good at what it does is that we locally cache all of the dictionary definitions in an SQL database. This local database eliminates the need to query a central dictionary server.
I was considering offering a Wikipedia bot, but figured that the content was not as conducive to SMS-length messages. Maybe we could add a hyperlink at the end of MyDict results to a Wikipedia search? For a great implementation of a website integrating Wikipedia content, check out what Answers.com does.