Just in case you were wondering

To clarify what I predict will be a misperception: This new Gmail feature doesn’t let you talk to AIM contacts from GTalk.

What it does is allow you to sign into AIM from Gmail. In other words, Gmail is now an AIM client as well as a Google Talk client. But you can’t send messages to your AIM-using friends using only a GTalk account: You need an AIM account, and you need to log in with it (in Gmail or otherwise), and you can only send messages to your AIM contacts from your AIM account, not your GTalk account.

So it really doesn’t work much differently from what you already get in Adium. You add both accounts, and Adium (or Gmail) figures out which account to use on the contact you opened a chat with.

My point is that the only people this affects are those who send IMs from Gmail. For the rest of us, this doesn’t really change anything: there’s still no inter-service messaging between AIM and GTalk.


  1. this is so lame! even microsoft and yahoo did it better…

  2. Adium for GMail would be nice 😉

  3. Yeah, this is pretty lame – dare I say useless to us mac users that already have a client that is leaps and bounds better than the gmail chat interface.

    BTW, Adium dudes, how about adding on the new openid login feature for comments to your blogger account?

  4. 1.2¿ where is it? i mean you should guys tell us, a timeline to wait for it 🙂

  5. I think this is a pretty useful feature in GMail for those users that can’t use a proper client at work or at school because of network restrictions.

  6. Timeline:
    –Thats when Adiumx 1.2 comes out

  7. so 1.2 isn’t going to be a big update anyway, is it? i’m salivating over the thought of 2.0, though :p

  8. I would count 1.2 being pretty big with the SoC projects coming in. 1.2 should be huge for jabber users.

  9. I assumed it was just using a server gateway – they exist for Jabber -> AIM and Jabber -> MSN. It’s kind of a cool idea IMHO.

  10. The advantage of this feature is that the logs are stored in GMail. It would have been nice to have been able to use Adium and have my logs in gmail. That would have allowed “search anywhere” of my logs.

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