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Update [26th Aug 2005]: Google has given the configuration details for third party applications in their help center. Have fun.

Happy happy!! Google has entered the instant messaging race as well. I downloaded the Google talk client and instantly logged in to my account, only to remember that I don’t have any of my friends online on this network yet. So, an alternate would be to download a Jabber-compatible client which also supports other IM networks like MSN and Yahoo! I choose GAIM, it is a cool multi-protocol open source messaging client. You can get the info on configuring GAIM to use Google talk network from smash’s world, but I will give a brief configuration overview for GAIM below anyway:

  • Install GAIM and its plug-ins as per your need (I installed spell check and systray icon plug-ins)
  • In the new account addition dialog provide the following details:
    • Screen name: <<your gmail email id without ''>>
    • Server:
    • Resource: Gaim
    • Password: <<your gmail account password>>
    • Alias: <<your display name>>
    • Click “show more options”
    • Check Use TLS if available
    • Uncheck Force Old SSL
    • Uncheck Allow plaintext auth over unencrypted streams
    • Port: 5222
    • Connect server:

 That’s it! You are all set for checking out the Google Talk!

Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 6:59 AM Google Related | Back to top

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Well call me a monkey’s uncle! The rumors are true, we now have Google as an IM option! But can it be used with GAIM? Yes, yes it can…
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Thanks for the detailed install explanation-- works like a charm!
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