As it so happens, we are starting to see some convergence:
- GrandCentral already allows you to view and listen to your phone's voicemail from a web page. The technology is promising and has been bought by Google for integration with Google Docs, which includes Google Mail.
- Google Mail and Yahoo Mail already offer a 'lite' chat mechanism from within their web pages, allowing you to chat with your friends who also have Google/Yahoo accounts.
- Facebook now has a mechanism for instigating instant messenger like chats.
- AOL is buying Bebo so that the Bebo social network can be merged with AOL's Instant Messengering (aka AIM) service.