Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Google launches Talk service

Google launched its own instant messaging service this week incorporating the ability to talk directly to your contacts as if they were in the same room. It doesn't yet have breakout ability like Skype - to call traditional phone numbers from your computer- , no doubt, it will come soon.
To use the service - which is in Beta stage at the moment, you must already have a Gmail account.
(If you need a Gmail account, please email me.
nodenet[at] )

At the present time it will not directly interact with AIM, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo or any of the other instant messaging services. It is based on Jabber opensource technology which does allow interaction between all the differant services.

The interesting thing is the instant talk which will provide direct competition for telecoms companies, seeing that Google's user base is so large. Every move that Google does is so widely reported that they barely have to advertise. For how much longer will the pay-per-call model work for telecommunications.

I would sell my shares in telecoms billing software companies if I had any!

The new client can be downloaded here

It looks like this

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