OK. Yesterday I had another “Polish-style shock”.
Have you ever heard of national Instant Messengers? I didn’t. I mean, who the fuck would think to make a software for IM in only one language that is not widely-spread?!
Well ;) You guessed! Polish programmers!
In a national virtual place, how the hell are you supposed to learn another language?
I guess that this is yet another reason for their lack of English knowledge.
But I really have to wonder how did these yo-yo’s got these Polish IM so forward? I mean, in Romania, if there were to be such an initiative, it would get no impulse. Why would we care if it is in Romanian, if it’s not “big”?… big like MSN, Yahoo, Skype, etc.
Some of us geeks have already forgot about these widely spread IM and have start looking&using multi-protocol IM so that we can access a virtual market as wide as possible!
But anyway… meet Gadu-Gadu, or GG (for all of you Romanians – Gigi or Jiji). Financed through ads, with offline messaging, with crappy ICQ serial number identification (meaning you don’t add an ID in order to add a new buddy, but some numbers – yuck!), voice, its OWN PROTOCOL (damn, these Polish people are so smart. You know… they invented the fire & the wheel), addons, etc.
Wikipedia’s description is funny:
One of the most popular features of Gadu-Gadu is the status option, allowing users to display short text messages visible under their buddy icons on other users’ contact lists.
But then again, you can also read this:
Gadu-Gadu is the most popular IM in Poland. There are over 5 million registered accounts, and every day approximately 2.5 million users are online.
Did you have enough? No, you did NOT!
There’s also TLEN, which in Polish means… ohh, these guys are such great poets and they use metaphores… it means “oxygen”. These guys didn’t want a market for themselves, so they are compatible with Jiji. The same old features, nothing spectacular.
Jeezzzz, these Poles rock, don’t they? Noootttt!!!!