search cancel – IM Meets Social Networking

VelvetPuffin.comNewly launched, Velvet Puffin aims to integrate social networking with IM across mediums: mobile, desktop, and web. Creating a Puffin profile allows users to easily exchange messages (and videos, and photos) from both a desktop and mobile client.


It’s compatible with the most popular IM services: ICQ GoogleTalk, MySpace and MSN among others, so you can keep in touch with friends who haven’t yet joined . The Quick Launch option enables you use Puffin without downloading the desktop app. Velvet Puffin, essentially extends your social network into your chat client. This way you can seamlessly stay in touch and share videos, photos, polls, etc. You can also search for videos from YouTube and Metacafe, which are launched from the Puffin web-based tool, meaning you don’t have to open your browser. Puffin is free to use. In Their Own Words

“Even with all the hype around mobile social networking today, no one has been able to deliver an all-in-one mobile social networking experience that is seamless with the desktop and web service. Velvet Puffin integrates all the elements of social networking – video, photos, blogs, IM, SMS, and polling – and lets you view, create and share your content instantly and seamlessly.
By creating a VelvetPuffin Account, you can import all your IM buddies from Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, and ICQ to create a private community of friends, (even if they are not yet VelvetPuffin members). View and select your favorite videos and photos from YouTube, Metacafe, Google Video instantly. You don’t need to launch a browser and you can do it from your mobile phone or your computer. It works with any wireless carrier and it’s free!”

Why It Might Be A Killer

Velvet Puffin creates seamless communication. There’s definitely a space for this kind of integrated app. It’s got a polished, clean design and user-friendly functionality. The off-browser feature is a nice touch as is the simplified media sharing.

Some Questions About

Will Velvet Puffin expand to include more IM clients? Will they add more functions? Will the Flash component deter some?


Author : Siri Marshall

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