Tata Teleservices appears to have gone live with My Den, a dashboard for online services, a little to prematurely. I came across the service via an online advertisement. The Mojuix powered service, which is available as a free trial from September 1st to October 20th 2010, allows a single dashboard for online services like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Hi5, Flickr, YouTube, Yahoo Messenger, GTalk, MSN Messenger, Gmail, POP Email, Hotmail, Picasa, and Orkut services. After October 20th, it will be available only for Tata Photon subscribers, according to a note on the Tata Photon My Den site.
I say that it has been launched prematurely because the sign-up was cumbersome (took over 10 minutes for me to get a sign-up confirmation mail, in this day and age, and the login wouldn’t work until the mail was received); and sign-in’s for Google services hung (twice), and sign-in to GTalk didn’t work either: screenshots of the GTalk sign-in attempts here and here, even though the passwords are correct. In case of Twitter, while it did sign me in, but the direct message interface was blank (screenshot), and I couldn’t figure out how to check updates. While a status update posted to Twitter was published immediately, the Facebook update wasn’t (apparently, some permissions were required for Facebook). Mojuix has work to do, before it can offer a universal dashboard.
What perhaps led Tata Photon to launch the service was perhaps the cross-platform availability: users can opt to receive updates on mobile, and there’s USSD, Mobile Apps and WAP integration possible. However, Photon’s terms and conditions mention only SMS – online is free, though there might be charges for SMS services.