USA Today Launches Instant Message News Alerts And Search Function

Apr 11, 2008

USA Today announced the launch of a brand new instant message-based application. Available initially to users of AOL's AIM service, users will be able to search current and archived headlines and set up real-time news alerts via instant message. USA Today's instant message bot was developed by InfiniteAgent, a provider of instant messaging and SMS logging services. Once logged into the AIM service, users can add "USA TODAY" to their AIM Buddy Lists. AIM users may input keywords and when stories are published on containing those words, AIM users will receive an instant message with a headline, article summary, and link back to the complete story. Readers may also use the interactive service to browse and search current and archived headlines.