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From the official site:
How does it work?
As a Gooey user, you get a constantly updated list of all
the other online users on any site you visit. With its
friendly, intuitive interface, Gooey lets you conduct
group and private chats, exchange information or files,
and meet new friends while exploring your favorite sites.
Where is the action?
With Gooey, you're always just one click away from where
the action is. Check out the Hitwave window for
the top 100 most popular sites among Gooey users at any
Gooey's rich-media platform now supports RealPlayer
While surfing and chatting,
explore Gooey Zone, a state of the art content box that
provides you with three high quality channels:
Feed - Constantly updated headlines from Reuters
allow you to keep current on the latest activity
in politics, business, sports, science and
entertainment. CNET's Tech news streams you the
hottest info about computers, the Internet, and
Space - Tune in to cutting-edge animation, fun
games, mesmerizing vi suals and stunning Web art.
stream - Bloomberg Television, Fashion TV, NASA
TV... Gooey brings y ou the coolest live TV and
video on demand on the Net!
- the MiniGoo window mode displays Gooey as a
fully functional taskbar, leaving more free space
on your browser.
users - Now you can easily search for Gooey users
around the world, and add them to your buddy
- Gooey 2.1 enables you to create several Gooey
profiles on the same computer, or use a single
profile on several computers.
Conferencing - Utilizing NetMeeting, an integral
part of the Windows operating system, Gooey 2.1
allows you to run one-on-one video conferencing
with other Gooey users.
Gooey is an
Internet tool that allows people simultaneously browsing
the same Web site to communicate with each other (see
screen shot). With Gooey, chat is not restricted to
specific areas or sites but turns into an integral,
natural part of your browsing. Using Gooey, you can chat
on virtually any site on the Web, and get a constantly
updated list of all the other online users on any site
you visit. You can conduct group and private chats while
exploring your favorite sites. A special Hitwave window
displays the most popular sites among Gooey users at any
given moment. Gooey also has a media-rich content zone
that provides you with anything from news feeds and cool
games to Flash animation. Gooey supports Internet
Explorer, Netscape and America Online 4.0 browsers. After
downloading and installing Gooey, you are required to
register and create an online personality.
Gooey 2.0 features advanced instant messaging functions
that allow you to create a buddy list so you can remain
in contact with the people you meet. The client also has
a reverse list feature that allows you to see whose buddy
lists you are on and to remove your name from the list.
In addition to Flash animation and games, the content
zone now features streaming video feeds from a variety of
broadcast channels and continuously updated headlines
from several news sources. Gooey now includes file
transfer capabilities, allowing you to share photos and
other multimedia files with anyone on your lists. Also
included is a spike feature that locks Gooey on one site,
allowing you to keep chatting while you surf to other
sites. Other new features in version 2.0 include Hitwave
enhancements and support for NeoPlanet and Opera.
Note to users who receive a "Failed to create
clientcomm.dll" error message after installation:
This error occurs on PCs that utilize private IP
addresses, which Gooey currently does not support.
Hypernix states that a solution for this problem will be
ZDNet review of Gooey:
A key personal instant messaging feature is a
meet-and-greet function, which lets you find and talk to
others who happen to be online when you are. Whether
"random chat partner" on ICQ
or "find a buddy" on AIM,
this is the basic stuff instant messaging is made of.
Hypernix Technologies' Gooey 2.0 extends this feature by
enabling surfers to share the experience of specific Web
Gooey is more of a community-building technology than
a Web business tool, but its features do have business
potential. With Gooey's second version, the designers
added a news headline ticker and streaming video support.
But other features make it useful also for exchanging
comments and ideas related to Web sites.
Surf a site and Gooey's Nicks (nickname) window tells
you if other Gooey users are there. If so, click on a
name and send a message. You can add a person to your
buddy list, though you won't be able to see which sites
your buddies are browsing, so they need not worry that
they're under constant surveillance. And a Gooey feature
called Hitwave tells you where the action is, listing the
top 100 sites frequented by other Gooey users.
By default, Gooey updates the Nicks window whenever
you visit a new site, but by hitting the Spike button,
you can keep your Gooey persona attached to one specific
site and then surf at will. This is particularly handy
for people who run businesses on the Web and who want to
interact with customers as they go about their work.
As an IM client, Gooey is strictly bare-bones. True,
you can send files and off-line messages, but its chat
options are limited to one-on-one in an IRC-style window
or in a group chat with all site users. Also, there's
just one line to enter messages, and no way to pick and
choose users for a multiparty conversation.
Though Gooey does a great job finding buddies, you may
be better off talking to them via a more robust IM client
such as AIM or ICQ. But Gooey is just getting off the
ground, and we're looking forward to its next version.
Today there are few sites with Gooey users on-board.
It's a slow start, but a promising one.
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