I wanted to interrupt the holiday period with this quick post about the 'IM Mash Up' that Todd Biggs has drawn to my attention.

I am afraid there are only a few days to go but for I would recommend taking a look at www.worldsbestapp.com and seeing whats there even if you are not going to get a chance to knock something together.

Put simply, MSN are running a competition to create MSN Messenger applications similar to the Encarta ones I mentioned in a previous posting using their MSN Messenger Activity API.  The lucky winner of the competition will walk away with an Alienware Area 51m 7700 mobile desktop,  how cool is that !

Even if you are not interested in creating something of your own,  take a look at the 'App Gallery' which contains lots of interesting and cool applications.  My personal favourites are 'Live Translator'  which translates conversations from one language to another and a Sudoku game.  There is also a section for Games that I have not had a chance to look through yet.

If you want to know more take a look at http://www.programmableweb.com/ which appears to have lots of information on mash ups and in particular has some information on the MSN Messenger API at http://www.programmableweb.com/api/MSNMessenger?pwsession=ace31971ec9381b1b22f7439bb65dfc8 

With that I will wish you a happy new year and see you in 2006 !