Want to chat with your friends using Google’s instant messaging platform? Do you have an instant messaging client that supports Jabber messaging and a Google ID? Here’s what you need to do:
- Open a client supporting Jabber (AdiumX, Gaim, etc.)
- Your server name is talk.google.com
- Your username is the same as your Google ID. Example: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your password is the same as you use to login to Gmail or other Google login locations.
That’s it! You can add your friends using their full ID and encrypt your messages to be safe. I am sure Google will introduce a nice UI of their own in a few hours with additional features but it’s fun to play with unannounced product. I just tested it out with Matt from AdiumX to Gaim and it works just as it should.