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It’s actually a reasonable little IM client, without all the unnecessary bloat that others like ICQ and MSN thrown in. The only issues I have with it are that voice conversation doesn’t work with non-Googletalk IM clients and that voice conversation only works between 2 people at a time (though, the “hold call” feature is quite nice). I really want one that allows for 3 (or more) way voice conversations. So far, the only way I’ve found to do so is to have Google talk between 2 people: A and B, MSN simulaneously between A and C and ICQ between B and C, giving a nice 3 way chat (at least, when we can get ICQ to work)
This just in (well sorta): “Google plans to destroy all information it can’t index”. If you want to be able to continue having realtime conversations via the Internets, and private thoughts to express I would start using Google’s chat service shortly. Bow down and worship them.
Seriously, if google had any sense they’d see the shift in how they are being perceived and start new companies with different names under the Google umbrella. They don’t need any more market recognition.