Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Google Teaches Gmail how to Talk

Category: Ajax, Google

A brand new feature will be greeting Gmail users when they log into their accounts in the form of a link between Google’s popular mail service and their Instant Messaging client, GTalk.

Gmail learned to Talk. Now Gmail accounts are automatically enabled with chat features. You don’t have to do anything special, it just works. See when your friends are online and decide for yourself how you want to get in touch with them. Email and instant messaging don’t have to be so different. And why should you always have to remember whether something important was said over email or IM? We’ve made it easy for you to save chats, so you can search for them, print them, even reply to one over email.

Not only does this new functionality allow you to communicate directly with your buddies from the site (thanks to a little Ajax help), but it also helps you track conversations (searchable), save specific chat information, and even go “off the record” for sensative/unimportant conversations.

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 10:03 am

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This functionality has not been implemented as of yet. Right now it only logs conversations from the application.

Comment by Jordan Arentsen — February 7, 2006

Jordan actually some features work now, the logging. The logging works.

Comment by ryanB — February 7, 2006

Will this feature on gmail replace google talk?

Comment by pjdc — February 8, 2006

As far as I know, they don’t use Ajax, they use Polling instead.

Comment by Johnnie Ignarus — March 2, 2006

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