‘USA Today’ Launches Instant Message News Alerts and Search Function

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USA Today announces the launch of an instant message-based application, which will be available initially to users of AOL’s AIM service users.

The application will be able to search current and archived USATODAY.com headlines and set up real-time news alerts via instant message. It was developed by InfiniteAgent, a provider of instant messaging and SMS logging services.

Once logged into the AIM service, users should add “USA TODAY” to their AIM Buddy Lists. AIM users may input key words into their dialogue windows; when stories are published on USAToday.com containing those words, 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.

Since 1996 InfiniteAgent has provided exclusively hosted, enhanced service layers for enterprise applications, instant messaging and SMS focusing on large-scale services for alert processing and triggering, customer service and intelligent agents.

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