How Are You Coping With the Great Gtalk Outage of 2012?

Apparently Google Ttalk is suffering something of an outage right now. It's working fine for me through Apple's messages app, but other people are saying it's still crapped out. If you have it working, what apps are you using? Did you convince every one of your friends to jump ship and start yammering on another… » 7/26/12 10:44am 7/26/12 10:44am

The Only Safe Place in GChat Is Invisible

Come on, already. You know that fancy away message isn't going to protect you. You can sass it up with as much urgency and/or bile as you want, but the yo-yos are still going to come knocking. And you know what? It's your own fault for not doing an Invisible ninja vanish when you had the chance. [The Doghouse Diaries] » 8/17/11 9:20am 8/17/11 9:20am

Google Adding Text Messaging To Gchat in Gmail

Those of you who use Gchat through Gmail can now send text messages to mobile phones. The function is experimental, so you have to go to the Labs tab inside of Gmail's settings (or click on that little green flask icon) to turn it on. Your messages will appear as a 406 number-once you've sent a text through gmail,… » 10/31/08 2:45am 10/31/08 2:45am

Hands-On Google Talk for iPhone (Verdict: Stick with Installer.app)

Google's brand new Gtalk webapp for the iPhone is as crappy as I expected it would be. It has a nice design, and sending messages was easy, but at the end of the day it's still running in Safari—which means if you get a call you are signed out of chat. And unlike other web-based IM apps, Gtalk doesn't work in the… » 7/03/08 2:30pm 7/03/08 2:30pm