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: Comment by Soulbender
by ianm on Sat 25th May 2013 02:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by Soulbender"
ianm
Member since:
2010-08-16

Everyone I know with a Gmail address, which is almost everyone I know, uses gtalk to keep in touch. Hangouts has been a bit disruptive, but I imagine the rough edges will be smoothed off in short order. The inability to set a status on the hangout client is a pain in the ass.

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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by WereCatf on Sat 25th May 2013 03:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Everyone I know with a Gmail address, which is almost everyone I know, uses gtalk to keep in touch.


I've the complete opposite situation: I do not know a single person who even knew what gtalk is, let alone actually used it. Everyone uses either Facebook - chat, iChat or Skype.

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RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender
by ingraham on Sat 25th May 2013 05:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by Soulbender"
ingraham Member since:
2006-05-20

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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RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender
by nej_simon on Sat 25th May 2013 09:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

Same here. As friends and relatives moved to using android phones it became natural to use gtalk for IM. I use it all the time.

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RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender
by panzi on Sun 26th May 2013 18:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Soulbender"
panzi Member since:
2006-01-22

WebRTC might be a independent solution. The next Firefox version will have full support for WebRTC, Chrome already has it now (at least on the desktop). So I guess at the end of the year all major Browsers except for IE will support WebRTC on the desktop and on handheld devices (given a recent Android version). WebRTC by itself is just a framework, but I guess there will be a multitude of free web apps. I think Google itself plans to use it instead of the gtalk plugin. I hope we can use some WebRTC based app in the near future instead of Skype. I really don't like that Skype reads my messages, how it behaves (it messes with my audio player in the most annoying ways) and that it is owned by Microsoft.

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