Plurk: Instant conversations using Comet
The web is becoming more and more realtime and we at Plurk are following the trend. Yesterday we released instant notifications so users can have conversations with sub-second delays - - it's like group based instant messaging.
Implementing this has not been easy given the complexities and size of Plurk, some problems include:
A demo can be seen here - if that's too boring sign up, invite some friends and try it out live:
Our implementation uses node.js and a big kudos goes to them for their wonderful work.
We may release our comet implementation in the future, but currently it's very tied up to Plurk's architecture.
I have already shared a lot of my knowledge on comet - including code and a talk about node.js for Taipei Open Source Group. Check out these posts for more info: