Google Talk – the Instant Messenger by Google

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Google TalkGoogle launched another beta project – Google Talk. It is an instant messenger software, just like the MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, etc. But, it is from Google. Big deal.

Google Talk

Read on for first hand brief review on Google Talk.

How to get Google Talk?

Google Talk Download (900KB). It is free and currently ad free.

How to login Google Talk?

Launch Google Talk after installed it. You will see the Google Talk login interface as following:

Google Talk login

Use your Gmail user id(with/without “@gmail.com”) and password to login. Google Talk takes slightly longer time to login (about 10 seconds) than other IMs. Sometimes, it even return connection error.

Google Talk connection error

Google Talk server cannot handle the tsunami type connection request?

Google Talk User Experience

Google Talk

Google Talk is light weight (< 10MB system memory), simple and Mac OS like beautiful interface. To add a friend, you can search your Gmail contact list from Google Talk. Or send an invitation email.

The chat window can be collapse or expand. However, there is no emoticons (thanks, google!). Also, it does not support file transfer (yet?).

Note that Google Talk support voice call naturally. Read blewtooth‘s Google Talk Vs. Skype review.

For more information, please read Getting Started with Google Talk.

Use other IM Clients to connect to Google Talk server

Google Talk is actually using Jabber IM protocol. Therefore, other Jabber IM clients may connect to Google Talk server, too! See the Google Talk IM clients compatible list.

Currently, Google Talk only support Windows platform. OSX user can use iChat to chat with other Google Talk users, and Linux user can use GAIM.

Thought:
I believe many people are excited with the new Google software. No? You think it is “Just another IM client.”?

Personally I like its simple and lightweight interface. It is not system resources hungry, I don’t mind to have it running along with my other IM client.

However, I had difficuilty to re-connect back after log off, I guess it is due to the mass connection requests.

By the way, you need to have Gmail account in order to log in Google Talk. If you don’t, get a Gmail invitation from me at liewcf dot com at gmail dot com

Well, Google is not longer a search engine, it is going to be EVERYTHING! Scare?

[tags]google talk, IM, Jabber, Gmail, Instant Messenger, Instant Messaging[/tags]

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13 Responses to Google Talk – the Instant Messenger by Google

  1. moses August 24, 2005 at 3:41 pm #

    yes..i love it’s simplicity

  2. Jerry August 24, 2005 at 5:11 pm #

    Jabber finally getting a bit of spotlight!

    By the way, there was a interview with Larry Page where he talks excitedly about having Google brain implants to help you search the web in the future… Google being everything? Naw, google being in you, now that’s scary. =P!

  3. moses August 25, 2005 at 1:36 am #

    no need gmail invites too..gmail is for everyone now..;)

  4. geckoseiya August 25, 2005 at 7:10 am #

    now google is gonna dominate them all….

  5. Daniel August 27, 2005 at 10:50 pm #

    when i installed google talk i put my full email address in and password but it also had the connnection error

  6. vIkram October 5, 2005 at 3:28 am #

    I get th could not authenticate to server error., what am I supposed to do to get rid of it and start using google talk

  7. Ramz December 28, 2005 at 2:54 pm #

    i am getting the error “could not authenticate to server error”…please guide me how to get rid off of it

  8. LcF December 28, 2005 at 3:50 pm #

    Ramz: are you behind proxy/firewall? you may try the solutions found at Google Talk newsgroup.

  9. Nivedita Patil February 11, 2008 at 6:35 pm #

    It is really god i want to download how to do it ?

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