I’m Presence Enabled

I’ve presence enabled jaredhanson.net, a micro-site of mine that I’m using to explore the myriad ideas and technologies centered around digital identity.

In it’s current incarnation, the site serves as a web-based business card. I can point people to a single destination, which in turn links to the various ways to get in contact with me. One of those ways is, of course, instant messaging.

One of the handy features of IM is presence indicators, which show whether someone is available or away. I’ve brought those indicators to my identity site. If I’m online, a green dot will be displayed next to my IM address. If I’m away, a red dot will appear. The dot will remain gray when I am offline.


Lonna Hanson
May 15, 2008 at 11:45 AM

This is exciting Jared. What a cool business card.

Colin Devroe
May 19, 2008 at 6:11 AM

It is only missing one video-sharing site. ;)

Nice job.

October 20, 2009 at 10:58 PM

I really love your implementation of this, and was wondering if you used a code library of some sort that’s available, or if you rolled your own solution.

Very slick.

Richard Fleming
November 3, 2009 at 3:49 PM


How are you going about showing your online presence? I’m interested in rolling a feature like this myself (as I’m starting to play around with microformats), but a lot of the stuff online has been garbage, or relies on some third party.

Could you let me know how you do it please?



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