Google Gets Groupchat

The Google Talk Gadget is now able to do group chats! This to me is one of those developments that would be great — if Google would hurry up and make their downloadable client able to do half the things the online tool can!

Google Talk is Google’s equivalent of MSN Messenger or other such Instant Messaging tools. For me, it is ideal because I am a Gmail user, and the downloadable client offers such functionality such as checking your e-mails and logging your chats to your e-mail storage. To me, those are great! But the simplistic tool is taking its time in developing past the point that it started at — that is to say, nothing more than a bare-bones communications’ tool. Some people like their chats to be simple. I respect that. But the fact that it is difficult to connect to the people I have on my MSN list, that there are scarcely any smileys, that the program is unable to perform a group chat, and that it cannot perform most of its more powerful functions with clients other than Google Talk makes me shy away from it. They have slowly been fixing these problems with the online client, but the truth is that there is no sign of them making the download better — and since the aforementioned Gmail functionality doesn’t come along with the web client, it would seem that for now Pidgin is the tool of choice for me!!!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. _|\|_
    Jun 26, 2007 @ 13:26:00

    You’d think they could just use the standard jabber server group chat functionality… why re-implement the wheel?


  2. Knotwurth Mentioning
    Jun 26, 2007 @ 18:03:00

    Who knows. Google is working hard to make theirs a better-than-Jabber client… and it works well, for the most part. But for a company based open collaboration, they sure are quiet enough about their projects until they come out.


  3. Victor Sergienko
    Aug 17, 2007 @ 09:19:00

    They do use Jabber chat. Still, it’s not available, and I believe it’s raw and buggy.
    Shame on Google, it’s the first time I see such a stupid problem in such a necessary application.


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