GMail Chat


I’m sure everyone has seen the Google Talk interface within GMail by now. They’re activating it in some weird order — its enabled on all my email accounts but one — the one that I use the most! Anyways, its just a matter of time I guess.

Initial reaction? Well, it works. But so does Meebo, and a host of other web based IM services. So whats new? Clearly, the archival of chat transcripts is a big plus. I wish I had this feature common across ALL my IM accounts. Right now I just have to use Kopete’s history plugin, and keep histories synced across all my different machines with [[http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/|Unison]] and its a pain.

But its good to see that Google is trying hard to open up Google talk. I just checked whether I could add my Google Talk account to my regular Jabber account (@jabber.org) and it works! And with all the work behind [[http://code.google.com/apis/talk/about.html|libjingle]], soon all of the IMs would be able to provide voice chat through a single, open, standardized protocol (I believe Kopete already has implemented support for Jingle in their development branch). I wonder how Skype will react to this development — my guess is that they will emphasize more on the telephony and VoIP aspects of their service.

3 comments

  1. surbhi

    hey soooooooo true .. its a cool idea but a sad conekshun n service i must .. every time m talkin to anybody i type a word n get disconnected damn very veyr irritating ghrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  2. Diwaker Gupta

    *@surbhi*: hey, your first comment on my blog! so welcome :-)

    If you are signed into gmail, if you scroll down to the very bottom, you’ll see a link that says “Standard interface without chat”. Click on that. Then log on using Google Talk and see if that helps.

  3. Alexander EB

    Has anyone noticed that Kopete slows down immensely after a fem minutes whilst connected to GTalk? Otherwise Kopete is wonderful. I’m hping this bug is fixed in the next version of Kopete, but I am still waiting for SuSE to release rpms of the newest version.

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