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Now you can route all your personal IM traffic through Google! Yay and such.
rock on
Ben Guild had the exclusive on this one: set up a Jabber account in a Jabber-capable client such as Trillian (?), Proteus, Adium, Fire, or iChat. Use your Gmail address and password (of which by now I'm sure everyone has at least one, if not I've got invites to burn) and where it asks for a server, use talk.google.com. That's it, but Guild has screenshots and maybe more instructions.

Rock on.

Edit 03:44: so ars technica's speculation was right on the money with the Gmail integration and Jabber, and says the LA Times had the story first.

Edit 04:15: Got my first message, a system message from "gmail.com":
[04:14:03] The broken link has been fixed. Thanks for being our first users!
Guess that means talk.google.com is now live...

Edit 03:58: They totally missed the boat on a really cool name, which I'll use to refer to talk.google from now on:


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The question everybody is asking, of course, is "why?" followed by "how are they planning to make money?"

Google doesn't need more money...seeing as they've had approval for $4 billion worth of shares in the last couple of days.....

They make a shed load from the adwords and other advertising schemes they have....

Yes, but with shares they also have shareholders. The very same shareholders have a right to expect Google to do things that make money. They're not a bunch of geeks out to have fun anymore.

This might be a loss-leader, in which case, the question becomes "for what?"
Otherwise, it could be that google plan to charge for it or put some form of advertising mechanism into place, in which case the question becomes "will it be intrusive?"

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