So I’ve been dabbling with AIM’s Web Presence API — which basically allows developers to get info on a particular AIM user.

This all started from me seeing how Facebook was able to scrape a user’s status message. After a little googling, I’ve come up with this function. Note — you’ll need to enter your own AIM API key and screen name to use it.

It generates an IM link with a title (popup) equivalent to my current AIM status. If I’m offline, there is no IM link, and it states that I am not online.

I’ve searched high and low for something like this. I might be mistaken, but I believe this to be the only method of doing this that is publicly available. Perhaps they’re all buried under hundreds of Google search pages.

At any rate — here it is. Feel free to use/modify it at will.


function aim_presence() {
	// See for details on AIM's API

	// This is the URL to a special XML file produced by AIM.. replace with your AIM API key
	$url = "";

	$ch = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
	$data = curl_exec($ch);

	$xml = new SimpleXMLElement($data);

	$out = '<span class="aim-presence">';

	$state = $xml->data->users->user[0]->state;
	$status = strip_tags( $xml->data->users->user[0]->statusMsg );
	$icon = $xml->data->users->user[0]->presenceIcon;

	if ( $state == 'away' || $state == 'online' ) {
		$out .= '<a href="aim:goim?screenname=Joshnevercraft&amp;message=Follow+the+white+rabbit" title="'.
				$status.'">josh nevercraft</a> '.
				'( '. ucfirst( $state ) .' )';
	} else {
		$out .= "josh nevercraft ( Offline )";
	return $out. '</span>';

echo aim_presence();