Chapter 24. Instant Messaging with Google Talk and Gmail Chat

America Online has its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service. Microsoft has its MSN Messenger service. Yahoo! has Yahoo! Messenger. It should come as no surprise, then, that Google offers an instant messaging service called Google Talk.

What is surprising is that you can access Google Talk from a web-based Google Talk gadget, a standalone Google Talk client program (similar to what’s offered with both AIM and MSN Messenger), or from the Gmail and iGoogle web pages. That’s right, you can instant message your friends from Google’s web-based email service. Cool.

Instant Messaging with the Google Talk Gadget

Google Talk is the name of both Google’s instant messaging network and its IM client. ...

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