Interesting — it looks like a few inquisitive folks have figured out a way to get onto Google’s soon-to-be-announced talk service using any ol’ Jabber instant messaging client. I’ve been hanging out online for a little bit now using Adium (others are doing just fine using iChat and Trillian), and shockingly, it’s just like instant messaging! This isn’t entirely fair, though, since Google is also developing a dedicated client that’s rumored to place audio and video chat on par with text instant messaging; it’ll be interesting to see what they use for the audio and video components.

(Note that if you follow the instructions and hop onto Google’s IM servers, you might find that your connection occasionally dies; I’m assuming that they’re readying the service for tomorrow’s rumored release. Just so you know!)


What did you use for your Adium settings? I keep trying and it doesn’t work. iChat works fine though.

• Posted by: Thomas on Aug 23, 2005, 10:40 PM

For Adium:

Jabber ID: my whole GMail address (including the part)
Password: my GMail password
Connect Server:
Port: 5222
Security: checked “use TLS encryption (if possible)”

That’s it!

• Posted by: Jason on Aug 23, 2005, 11:00 PM

Very odd. It connects but I can’t IM any gmail people. I know cuz I’ve got two gmail accounts set up in Adium and they can’t talk to each other. :(

• Posted by: Thomas on Aug 23, 2005, 11:03 PM
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