Gmail Chat : Coming Up

I Was browsing through my mails and noticed this, Google is starting up Gmail Chat, it might give a tough time for web 2.0 company’s like meebo, upcoming emessenger etc.

Google Chat
Your Google Talk chat history can be automatically saved right here in your Gmail account.Now chat with your friends from directly within Gmail, Pop-out Chats : Give chat session its own window.

Nytimes reports

the search-engine giant, is expected on Tuesday to disclose that it will join its instant-messaging service with its popular Gmail program, the latest indication that the company has set its sights on the broader communications industry.

The new program, called Gmail Chat, will let Gmail users exchange text messages with others without having to log onto a separate chat program, making instant messaging simpler and more integrated with the e-mail program.

From anywhere in Gmail, the user can see who is available to chat. The program will also allow users to store instant-message conversations.

There’s more…

  • Add contacts and invite your friends to chat from Quick Contacts
  • See when your friends are online
  • Set your status to busy, sleepy, angry or whatever. Even sneezy.
  • Get Google Talk to make free voice calls too. It’s completely synchronized with Quick Contacts
  • Go off the record when you’re chatting so nothing gets saved to anyone’s Gmail account
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  9. LPlover`
    March 14, 2006 | 6:19 am

    looks like gmail encrypted the js…(at least used very simplified vars …lol ,b,c i can notice at first look)

  10. LPlover`
    March 14, 2006 | 6:17 am

    yeah i wonder how it is done…is it only js (AJX) or is there other tech behind it??

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    February 22, 2006 | 1:34 am

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  12. Brandon
    February 21, 2006 | 4:26 am

    This thing is amazing, although using firefox live headers extensions its weird i do not see any xml requests when it receives messages, I am curious how they are doing it, the only thing i can think of is they have a “object” loading that sits at a partial state that they keep adding to. Not even close to sure on this, but just taking a guess…


  13. SomeCoders
    February 18, 2006 | 9:24 pm

    The embedded gTalk is really an amazing bit of AJAX! I give kudos to google for it :)

  14. curious
    February 14, 2006 | 7:33 pm

    how does it work though– i understand using ajax to call the server and do something with the response… but how does this become event driven by an incoming message?

    is it constantly looping constantly calling the server looking to see if anyone wrote? wouldn’t that bog down the page a lot?

    how does it work?

  15. Timothy Rosenberg
    February 12, 2006 | 10:30 am

    Google paid AOL $1 Billion for a 5% stake in AOL. So maybe it’s not as far off was we think. (Fingers Crossed)

  16. Sreejith
    February 12, 2006 | 9:18 am

    I dont think they would release something like that soon. But if they do, it wont take long before every messenger (Yahoo!, MSN, AOL) will to follow it….. but then 3rd parties like trillian are likely to face a huge drop in their users.

  17. Timothy Rosenberg
    February 10, 2006 | 2:30 am

    This rolled out in my Gmail today and frankly I find it terribly useless. Until Google figures out how to allow users to chat with AOL, MSN, Yahoo, etc. users (like they are rumored to be working on) it will continue to be useless to many people.

    This is all terribly unfortunate because I really enjoy the light interface and the integration into the web-based email program; however I wish I could talk to my other friends on AIM.