Google talkAugust 24, 2005
Keywords: Google+talk Google IM Jabber XMPP Internet
The Google empire has released yet another (Beta) service which this time is an instant messenger network and client Google Talk.
Google talk is a lean instant messaging (IM) client that supports high quality voice chats. It also notifies the user of any new Gail messages and there is a short cut to send Gail emails. But that's it!
You have to have a Gail account to be able to use Google Talk. I have plenty invitations to spare so leave a comment if you need one.
Once again the client is Windows only but since Google talk is "built to support industry standards" you can use compatible clients on other operating systems:
OSX - iChat
Linux - GAIM
Windows - Trillian Pro
The "industry standards" is the Jabber/XMPP protocol and it let's other clients play with Google Talk network in an authorised way.
This one subtle detail that most users will not notice nor understand makes Google Talk special. It is a stab at the established messengers (MSN, AIM, Yahoo, ICQ) to show them how to play fair with Internet users.
Rumours are many in the blogosphere regarding the potential and future of Google Talk. Will it be the preferred client on the future Google Network? Will it allow searching all chat history similar to GMail search? Will it record all voice conversations, and allow searching? What will be the revenue stream(s)?
I just hope that the original Google motto "Don't be evil-TM" will not be replaced by the new corporate "Must Make Money" motto.
Easter eggs: Add [email protected] to your buddy list and send it a text message of "play" to play the old school game Hunt the Wumpus.
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