|The newest of all
messengers is Google Talk. It is a messaging and voice program that does
not have avatars, smilies annoying typing sounds, colorful or large chat
text or anything I never liked about most messengers.
provides you with a "friends" list based on your Gmail contacts or who you
invite to use the program. If friends are online, you can message them or
call them. If they are offline, you can email them through gmail.
Extra features are email notifications and message notifications, both
showing up at the bottom right hand corner of your desktop. I really like
having this program minimized so I can work on typing elsewhere while
being able to read incoming messages. Another feature is the ability to
change people's names on your friends list. someone007@ gmail.com for
example, can be changed simply to SOMEONE.
I think I first learnt about Google Talk the day it came out and was
announced on ABS Forums by Milamber,
but am not sure.
Since I never use my gmail account, trying to log onto this messenger,
that required a gmail username and password was trouble. My account was
locked (due to inactivity). Changing my password and trying again much
later solved the issue.
I didn't have contacts, but Khad, the maker of Fredryk Phantasy
agreed to help me test it out.
Overall, I am pleased with how useful this program is. Reminds me of
back when instant messaging was simply that, without the bells and
At the moment, this is not a multi-messenger program. It does not
activate webcams or group chat rooms. It does the essential work. You have
an available or custom status. You can see when someone is typing.
Sometimes there are timestamps, and you can log messages.
As many people know I have given up on instant messaging. Perhaps this
program can regain my interest in the technology.