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Google Talk - best integration between chat and email

review from ClifNotes, Mar 2007, permalink Instant Messaging


Back in 2005, I posted a little review from BrettsReviews about Google Talk, the free instant messenger program from Google. Since that time, I've come to use it occasionally and it's the only single service chat client I have. I do use a few multiple chat clients like EasyMessage and PortableGaim. I definitely do not have Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger or AOL Messenger.


I like Gtalk because it keeps me up to date on my Gmail accounts and all of the chat sessions are also logged in my Gmail for easy searching later on.


If you don't have Gmail, don't bother downloading the Gtalk program, you need the one to use the other. Gmail is free though, and it gives you access to a 2.8Gb webmail account that you can use with any email client such as Outlook Express or Mozilla's ThunderBird. Just go to Gmail.com to sign up.


Lately, I've been using Meebo.com to access all of my chat accounts online. They even support my Gtalk account. There I can chat with all of my buddies in Yahoo, MSN, AOL, ICQ, and Gtalk all on the same web page.


Quote from the website

Google Talk is Google's instant communications service. Like Gmail, Google's free webmail service, Google Talk uses Google's innovative technologies to help people communicate more effectively and efficiently. This means Google Talk is fast, intuitive and fun to use.


It also means you can start thinking about instant communications in a new way. Google Talk offers you different ways to integrate real time communications into your online experience. The Google Talk Gadget lets you see who's online and send instant messages from your Google Personalized Homepage, without installing any software. You can also add the same instant messaging capabilities to your own webpage or blog by cutting and pasting a single line of code. And by downloading the Google Talk Client, you can make voice calls and transfer files to your friends.


And if you use Gmail, Google Talk offers you even more. You'll find all of your Gmail contacts organized in your Talk contacts list. Gmail also archives all of your Google Talk chats and makes them searchable. And since Google Talk is integrated into Gmail, you'll be able to chat with all your Talk contacts there, too.




Google Talk Beta - a new instant messenger

Website - Free to anyone with a Gmail account

review by BrettsReviews and ClifNotes on 8/26/05


Here is what Brett has found out about Google Talk so far ...


I've just downloaded a copy to give it a test run. Google Talk has an uncluttered, no-nonsense interface that is quite simple to use. The application integrates with Gmail, and can notify you when new messages arrive. read more


I also found a positive review of Gtalk at Lockergnome.


Quote from Google

They say talk is cheap. Google thinks it should be free. Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk offers you:


* Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to–over email, IM or a call

* Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room

* Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away


Google Talk is in beta and requires a Gmail username and password.

If you need a free Gmail account, then EmailClif