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Google+ Companion by Mark Hattersley

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Having a Live Text Chat in Google+

The quickest and easiest way to get in touch with a single person in Google+ is to use the built-in Chat functionality. Chat enables you to send text messages to someone and (as long as that person replies) get instant responses directly in the Google+ browser. In many respects, it’s pretty similar to using an instant messaging service such as Windows Live Messenger or iChat. Once you’ve set up Google Voice and Video, you can also use it for live one-to-one video and audio conversations.

In the bottom of the left-hand column in the Home section of Google+, you can see the people with whom you can initiate chats. Unlike messages you post to people using Circles, Chat messages can only be initiated with people ...

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