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Google introduces group email chat!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

/ by Srikanth Eswaran

I was browsing through my google mail when this menu item caught my fancy:





Upon clicking it, it showed me a new feature launched by google, group email chat!





For more information, google says:



About group chat


The group chat feature lets you chat with many friends at once. There’s no limit to the number of people you can chat with, and any participant can invite others to join. To get started, follow these steps:


1. Start a chat with a single person in your Contacts list.
2. Once you’ve started the chat, click Options at the bottom left of your chat window and select Group Chat.
3. In the field labeled ’Add a person to this chat,’ enter the name of the contact(s) you want to add to your group chat.


To end your chat, click the X at the corner of the chat window. Others in the group chat will get a message saying that you’ve left the conversation. If you want to rejoin, you’ll need to be invited back by a contact who’s still in the group chat. The group chat will continue until all participants have left.


So how easy it is exactly to access this group chat? would it accept names or only email IDs? Well it does accept names so you can type the name of the person as you have named him, and he will be invited to chat with you on the same window with other people. I tried it, but did not find the window so intuitive enough, perhaps I would have preferred a list from where I could pick up the persons I wanted in one shot. Typing each person’s name is pretty painful, hopefully google will change that shortly! Way to go google, you never cease to amaze!





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