Am just finishing off a webphone.module specification for a drupal based site.
The functionality is very simple:
1. in the user profile list an automatic webphone indicator displays whether the person is online/offline/on a call....and a direct link to "phone" the user is online.
For those of you not familiar with Voice over Internet Protocol...or VOIP..it is superb! and it's FREE!!!
It's the ability to speak to people over the internet for free person to person and text chat privately user-2-user.
Have spent the last few months evaluating the various models out there and the skype on came out as one of the better ones. It's based on p2p technology (same guys that develoepd grokster have made skype)..so the quality is very good.
The base model of skype is free...cross platform (works with mac, pc, linux & handheld computers) and is very easy to use and install.
You can get a copy here: http://www.skype.com/download
there is an add-on to skype people can buy..such as the ability to phone real phone numbers (computer-to-computer webphone calls are free)...or buy a virtual phone number so people can phone you from a normal phone (normal phone-2-webphone).
It's also interesting in the sense that the base code for skype is downloadable. I'm not a c++ programmer, but there is scope there to change the interface to suit.
I'm due to have the drupal webphone.module ready closer to the weekend and was just wondering if anyone else is interested in this area. I plan to clean up the module I'm working on and put in the sandbox with a view of releasing it on here as a proper module.
So any feedback/requests/etc. now would be great.