August 27, 2005

Google Talk: It's great but..

My work group is loving this, because we can use it talk and send files across lots of people, with different IM systems. But there is only one problem. Some of us are on macs, in fact the ones who tried this out first. In order to get all the windows people on it, we've had to go back to a windows person with Talk installed as an application, which has the only way to invite people who are not yet on Google Talk. If you are a mac user, you have to use a mac client with jabber support, but then you have no way to invite more people to use Google Talk, that we can find, and the Talk help section points to the windows Talk application in order to invite more people.

Very frustrating.

Posted by Mary Hodder at August 27, 2005 07:48 AM | TrackBack

Not true, I don't think. Although I can't say I know 100% what kind of computer all my buddies use.

I've added numerous people to my Jabber client, both on Mac and PC. If they don't already have a GMail account, yes you have to go to Gmail and invite them to get GMail, but that would apply to anyone, PC or Mac.

Once you know their Gmail email address, I just added them in my Jabber buddy list.

There was a little bug where even after they "accepted" their name was still marked with a "Waiting for Authorization" message, but that did not, in fact, impede us from chatting away.

But that "Waiting for Auth" message is the only problem I've had.

Posted by: Elisa Camahort at August 27, 2005 08:34 AM

If the contact already has a gmail account, then you should be able to invite from your mac client with no problems.

If the contact does not have a gmail account, then send the contact an invitation from gmail. The invite box is at the bottom of the left column in gmail. Once the contact has an account, then you should be able to invite from your mac application.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 27, 2005 02:30 PM

cool! so if that's the case, how do i invite using Adium, and why isn't this on the google help pages.. for each of the mac clients under the invite area? we checked there, and then each of us went through the adium interface and couldn't find anything like inviting or adding someone. but we'll look again. if you have the answer, please let me know.

Posted by: mary hodder at August 28, 2005 04:55 PM

Adium > Contact > Add Contact

Adium > File > New Chat

These can merely be used to add buddies to your contact list and chat with someone who's not on your buddy list. To do the whole GMail invite thing, just direct them to and have them create an account there. Unless I'm missing something here...

Posted by: Cortland Klein at August 31, 2005 12:26 PM