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Google takes aim at AIM [Aug. 24th, 2005|08:48 am]
Google Talk beta debuts today and its obvious that Google wants to take on AIM as the defacto IM standard. Using the open source Jabber protocol anyone with a gmail account can sign up either by using the Google Talk PC application or just about any other IM agent that supports Jabber protocol, including Apple's iChat.

Its easy to set up in iChat - just create a Jabber account with your gmail account name and password and point it at the talk.google.com Jabber server. That's it though you probably will want to turn off the 'insecure' password sending warning in the newly created account's server settings.

You can be signed on to AIM/.Mac and Jabber/Google Talk at the same time, so you can ease into using it as you get more of your friends to signup. If you have friends that don't have Google gmail accounts, everyone who has one as a minimum of 50 invitations they can pass out.

What can I say - shiny new online toy to play with.

[User Picture]From: theoctothorpe
2005-08-24 04:14 pm (UTC)
But it doesn't bring anything new to the table...

AIM/iChat have video features (iChat having multiple party video and audio that kicks the crap out of anything else out there)

While it's great that everyone's little darling Google birthed a new toy, it won't make people switch if it doesn't have any added value above what the person is already using.

Colour me "meh".
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[User Picture]From: vishanti
2005-08-24 04:35 pm (UTC)

what it brings to the table...

is new global IM server that is using an open standard IM protocol.

Sure Jabber is a bit feature poor at the moment, but so is Yahoo, ICQ and MSN IM services. You can bet if Google is thowing its hat in the Jabber ring you will be seeing renewed interest in the protocol and future addition of features.

And since iChat will let you be signed into AIM and Google Talk at the same time there's no real downside.

I submit that more options and change is good especially when its a big player embracing open standards and it shouldn't be rejected just because at its incept date it isn't as feature rich as some of the proprietary services.

Inexpensive less complicated toys can still be shiny.
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[User Picture]From: jodfoster
2005-08-26 04:17 pm (UTC)
Well I use Gaim anyway, so until they add the Gtalk to their chat compatabilities, I see no reason to switch. But I'll be damned if Google Earth is not THE coolest shit that's come on the internet since The Church of the FSM!. I'm just sayin...
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