Thursday, May 08, 2008

How to Get a Cool Google Chat Icon on Your Blog or Web Page

I love Google Chat
As a strong Lotus supporter, I know that I should be shouting "Sametime" but the fact is that I secretly love Google chat. Sure, there's no way it's as powerful as sametime and it's not as useful in the corporate sense of the word but as a family and friends tool, it's unbeatable.

So, wouldn't it be nice to be able to put a "presence-aware" link to google chat on your blog or web page?

The way to do this is surprisingly simple;

  1. You need to already have a google chat account (a gmail account).
  2. Go to this site
  3. Play around with the settings on this page - there are several different types of "badges"
  4. When finished, copy the HTML Code from this page to your blog or website.

Group Chats
One thing that google chat didn't do until recently was group chats. It's all changed now and there are plenty of articles about how to start a group chat with Google Talk.

The problem is that I like the System Tray Google-Talk gadget and the group chat functions only work from within Gmail.

Yesterday, I found an update;
If you download Google Talk Labs Edition, you get group chats from the system tray. You also get notifications from Gmail, Calendar and Orkut. It's a worthwhile download if you use these products.

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