Odigo fights back against AOL

It's a little guy versus a big guy kinda thing

Plucky little instant messaging outfit, Odigo.com, has re-established contact with AOL's monster IM system despite having access blocked over the weekend.

AOL pulled the plug on Odigo.com just ten days after the little Web outfit launched its latest software.

At the time, Avner Ronen, Odigo's VP of Strategic Development, said he was "quite disappointed" by AOL's actions.

But instead of rolling over and accepting AOL's decision Odigo has issued a patch which should resume links between the different IMs.

A notice on its site reads: "YES, We've fixed the problem. There is a new patch to restore your AOL interoperability!

"As we have stated previously, Odigo supports the creation of standard protocol so that all Instant Messaging applications can communicate with one another. To that end, we have provided our users with interoperability to ICQ and AOL Instant Messenger users, and are working toward compatability (sic) with other IMs. We hope that this patch and overtures we are making towards AOL will ensure that Odigo users will be permanently interoperable with AOL users."

AOL has, in the past year, blocked Microsoft, Yahoo!, AT&T and Prodigy from offering similar instant messaging interoperability.

No one from AOL was available for comment. Again. ®

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