So I just got wind that the Jabber servers for Google’s new product “Google Talk” are online. Point your Jabber-enabled client over to:
Username: Your Gmail Addy (including ‘@gmail.com’).
Password: Your Gmail password.
I think you have to say “Use TSL.” I’m not really sure. I use Adium X on OSX and its pretty good at figuring that kind of thing out. Anyways, all accounts so far are pretty good. You won’t get the Voice-chat features using a third-party client, but everything else will be there. I think Google’s made a good choice with the Jabber protocol. And from what I hear they are planning to keep the standard as open as possible which is great. I’ve yet to try the official client, but Download Squad has a really great review already. Keep your eyes towards the skies, err- http://talk.google.com
UPDATE (8.24.05 - 4:03 PM): Wow, I don’t think I’ve read a single site today that hasn’t mentioned Google Talk. It’s like el nino or something. Alot of folks (including myself) always joke about Google taking over the world. But seriously, this week, they came out swinging. First, they launch the newest version of Google Desktop Search now dubbed “Google Desktop 2.” Which not only includes an infinite number of search possiblities, but also has a sidebar feature that will rock just about any win-nerd’s socks off. Then not even two days later, they launch Google Talk, an insanely hyped product that apparently has taken the internet by storm. And lest you forget, they’ve also just opened up their Gmail service to the public (no need for invites). My opinion, Google has always had this massive “zero hour strategy” with guys in army hats with pocket-protectors screaming into microphone headsets “Go! Launch! All teams execute their marks!” And here we are. That may be a little extreme, but seriously, when is the Google-Mania going to end? Not anytime soon I hope. I think this week shall be forever known as “Big Ups To Google Week.”