Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th May 2013 00:45 UTC
Google "So in summary... Google has pulled the plug on support on a protocol they've helped popularize, after years of promising interoperability, for reasons that are dubious at best, and in a way that leaves people who don't jump to the new Hangouts app unable to talk to their contacts without any feedback that their IMs aren't getting through... And they've done that with no warning to anyone. I imagine there's a bunch of people out there wondering where some of their buddies have gone, or why their messages aren't getting responses, because this isn't documented anywhere." Google really messed this up. Such a dick move.
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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by ingraham on Sat 25th May 2013 05:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
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I am also in the camp of everyone I know using GTalk. We all have Android phones, and most of us still have unlimited data plans but not unlimited text plans. GTalk was the obvious answer, especially since we've all got GMail open when we're at our PCs. Skype is not nearly as universal, virtually none of my friends have iPhones, and I despise Facebook even more than Google. So who has recommendations for a messaging app NOT tied to Google, Facebook, MS, Apple, AOL, or Yahoo?

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