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A few weeks back I introduced you folks to Meebo, a browser-based IM aggregation client that leveraged technologies collectively known as AJAX. Now meet Gtalkr, a Flash-based implementation of Google Talk. I have been playing around with it for a few days, and as a Mac […]

A few weeks back I introduced you folks to Meebo, a browser-based IM aggregation client that leveraged technologies collectively known as AJAX. Now meet Gtalkr, a Flash-based implementation of Google Talk. I have been playing around with it for a few days, and as a Mac user, I can finally enjoy the GTalk IM Service. It is fairly simple product to use. Go to this website, use your Gmail ID and log in. Nothing to download, nothing to install. But ease of use is not the only thing. In many ways it is like GTalk plus. (I wish it looked prettier, but it works nicely

It can index conversations, and allows you as a user to search the conversations. (I am worried about my chats being stored on someone else’s server, but then I imagine rest of the IM services also do that on their servers.) You can also read short previews of your Gmail messages as well. You can invite your Gmail contacts by clicking on the “Add or invite a friend to Gtalkr” link. You can drag and drop the names from your contact list. (This is the list of people who have emailed your Gmail account.) For windows users, they also have a Gtalkr notifier. Mac version is in the works. Other nagging aspect of the service – no support for smiley faces, or you cannot import your photo/icon. (The icon image import is working now, even on Safari.) But then they are in beta!

Given Gtalkr leverages Flash 8, independent developers can simply write apps that work with this client and leverage the GTalk network. Actually, Macromedia is working closely with Jabber folks. I asked CEO Dudley Carr about the potential apps that can be built to ride this browser based client, and he emailed me this reply:

We’re planning on adding extensions that will have integration with del.icio.us, flickr, and other web-based services. The current set of default extensions in Gtalkr are Yahoo! maps which is Flash-based thanks to Yahoo!, a To do list implementation, and a Buddy Pounce implementation which is the example implementation that we’ll share with other developers. With some modifications, the news reader could be brought back as an extension to Gtalkr.

I wonder what Google thinks of the name, Gtalkr? Not to mention that they have built an extension for Yahoo Maps. Here is a link to their API information and how you can build your own extensions to it.

Update: While iChat is a good client for Mac users who want to connect to GTalk, it does act up behind corporate firewalls for some odd reason. I think this is a clear option, where you can do chats using a browser. Secondly, since app is called Gtalkr, it works only with the Gtalk network and not other Jabber networks. (Thanks Boris, good to have you back!)

  1. As a Mac user, you’ve been able to use GTalk IM since day 1…just use iChat’s Jabber option.

    GTalk does not (yet) speak to other Jabber servers, so you’re stuck talking to only other GTalk users, but IM most certainly does work through iChat. iChat only allows one Jabber account to be active at a time, so you have to choose to either talk to the GTalk universe only, or all your other Jabber contacts.

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  2. yeah, but try using it behind a corporate firewall and GTalk just doesn’t work too well. I agree, the GTalk is limited to Google’s network, but I don’t see much traction for Jabber elsewhere right now. I think this is a good start and the app is called gtalkr after all. :-)

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  3. Awesome stuff. A bit humorous that the first mapping extension made available for Gtalkr is Yahoo! Maps. I guess it makes sense since Yahoo! does offer a the API for its Flash mapping service.

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  4. Gtalkr

    An awesome implementation of a simple idea. Gtalkr is a Flash based web client to Google Talk. Meebo kinda pounced on the idea of getting your IM clients online, removing the hassles of maintaining different IM clients on your desktop and allowing yo…

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  5. Gtalkr, Web-Based GTalk客户端

    以å‰?看到过Ajax驱动的Meebo:Web版IM网站。今天看到了Gtalkr.com,Gtalk的flash web版,说它是web版,更æ?°å½“的应该说是Gtalkr=Web Flash Gtalk+Plus.

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  6. balasundaram ramaswamy Wednesday, November 30, 2005

    http://2entwine.com/ has more feature rich gtalk complaint flash based IM tool..

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  7. [...] Meebo. (via) by Scott | posted in Asides Trackback URL | Comment RSS Feed Tag at del.icio.us | Incoming links RSS Integrated In Yahoo! MailBeta [...]

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  8. Does no one else have a problem with going to an unknown website and plugging in username/password?

    The functionality of these services is great but I get chills thinking about privacy, security and identity theft issues.

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  9. Scott,

    I think it’s a fair enough of concern that entering your Gmail credentials in a brand new website is probably a bit worrisome. To put you hopefully at ease, we don’t store your password anywhere on the server. The communication between your browser and our server, and between our server and the Google Talk server is secured using SSL.

    Our privacy policy has been completed, but I’ll re-iterate all of these points and more in that document.

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  10. [...] Om Malik of Business 2.0 was nice enough to write an early review of Gtalkr. In the review comments I found a concern voiced by Scott about the whether or not to trust us with your Gmail credentials, and since we don’t have a proper privacy policy in place, now is probably a good time to state our position concerning your privacy. [...]

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