Bug in Google Talk’s Invisible Status Feature

Our reader, Anirudh Mehta, discovered a bug in Google Talk’s invisible status feature available in its Gmail Chat version. If use smartly, you can figure out if the girl next door is really invisible or avoiding you. ๐Ÿ˜›

Here are steps:

  1. Set the chat as off the record with target user (how?). This can be done only when the other user is online. (need help?)
  2. Now try sending chat to that user when he is invisible or offline.
  3. If he is invisible, then he will receive chat.
  4. But if he Is offline, then you will receive error “<username> did not receive your chat”.


Point 1: When a chat is set off the record, it will no longer get stored in your Gmail account.

Point 2: When you send a chat message to offline or invisible user, it gets delivered by default. At receiving end if user is online, a chat screen pops up showing him your message. If he is offline, your chat message will go to inbox as a mail.

Now if you put together above points then you will notice that, when you set chat off the record it can’t be delivered to inbox as mail, so it will be delivered only if user is online (no matter if he is invisible).

Now the only tricky part is finding a user online for once to set chat off the records. This doesn’t seem hard as invisible status is still limited to Gmail version of Google Talk and you may be in luck if your friend uses Google Talk desktop clients/gadgets or third party IM client to chat.

Related: Find Who is Invisible on Yahoo Messenger

Google Talk tricks and keyboard shortcuts

Google Talk Tricks:

  • Change the font size – While holding the control key, move the scroll wheel on your mouse either up or down. This trick works while being focused in either the read or write area.
  • Insert line breaks – If you want to have a message that spans multiple paragraphs, just hold shift and hit enter. You can add as many new lines as you want to create.
  • Bold Text – To write something bold, you can use an asterisk before and after the word, like *this* .
  • Italic Text – To use italics, use an underscore before an after the word, like _this_ .
  • Switch windows – Hitting tab will cycle through open windows. It will select minimized conversations, to expand them just hit enter. If you just want to cycle through IM’s and don’t care about the buddy list, control-tab will do that and will automatically expand a minimized conversation if you settle on one.
  • Invitation Tips – You donโ€™t need to say Yes or No when someone wants to add you as a friend; you can simply ignore it, the request will go away. (On the other hand, someone with whom you chat often will automatically turn to be your friend, unless you disable this in the options).

Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + F4 – It closes the current window.
  • Alt + F4 – It closes the current window.
  • Alt + Esc – It Minimize all the windows.
  • Windows + Esc – Open Google Talk (if it’s minimized, or in the tray)
  • F9 – Open Gmail to send an email to the current contact.
  • F11 – It initiates a telephonic call with your friend.
  • F12 – It cancels a telephonic call.
  • Esc – It closes the current window.

Related: Run multiple Google Talk simultaneously using different accounts

[Editor Note: This is first post by new author Sauravjit. He blogs about mobile & gadgets at glamac. If you like to join Devils Workshop as an author, you can join here.]

Google Talk for iPhone and iPod Touch Launched

Google Talk on iPhoneGoogle launched their famous Google Talk chat client for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch mobile handsets.

Just visit www.google.com/talk from your iPhone or go to this page and enter your mobile number there. Google will send you download link on your iPhone directly.

If you like new Google Talk interface for iPhones, then you can use its Google Talk Gadget version from your browser, specially from Firefox sidebar, thanks to Amit Agarwal. Just use the following links.

For Google Accounts / Gmail users:


For Google Apps:


Till now Google Talk client was only available for Windows based operating system. This launch came as a little surprise to me as I am waiting from long for an official Google Talk client for Mac OS.

I use Adium on Mac for chat but it doesn’t support Google Talks invisible status feature, which I need more often than any other feature.

Thanks for tip Martin.

Link: Google Talk for iPhone

Google Talk Lab Edition Improved With Invisible Status Feature

Few months back, Google Talkโ€™s Gmail Chat version added invisible status feature, a much demanded feature in any messenger. Now another flavor of Google Talk, its lab edition also added invisible status feature.

 Google Talk Lab Edition - Invisible Status Feature

Still Google Talks desktop client have no signs of invisible chat feature. It was last updated in January 2007, more than a year ago. It seems that Google is no longer interested in adding more feature to Google Talk desktop client version and may replace it with final version of Google Talks lab edition which also run on windows desktop machine.

Until now, I was using a third-party tool gAlwaysIdle which sets Google Talk status to always idle. Although not good as invisible status, still it can prevent many unwanted people in friend-list to initiate chat with you. I am switching to Google Talk Lab Edition as chatting is something I prefer from desktop clients rather than browser. ๐Ÿ™‚

Related: Chatting from multiple Google Talk accounts at once

Gtalk Chat – New Orkut App! Chat with Google Talk Friends from Orkut!

Arvind created a new apps for orkut user which let you add Gtalk widget on your account so that you can chat with all your Google Talk friends from orkut.

Orkut Gtalk Application.jpg

This application can be found here.

This integration although unofficial strongly prove demand for better gmail chat & orkut integration. I have seen many friends switching to facebook and enjoying their recent chat feature and I hope Orkut will answer back soon with a better integration.

Thanks sauravjit for tip. ๐Ÿ™‚

Link: Add Gtalk Orkut App

Google Talk, Lab Edition – More Disappointment, Less To Cheer About!

Google Talk, Lab Edition

(Image Source: Google Talk)

Google Talk, Lab Edition is an experimental release from Google that brings feature of Google Talk online gadget into Google Talk desktop client.

The overall list of features is quite surprising. A number of prominent features are missing at the cost of not so important feature!

Here is the list of features this Lab Edition comes with…

  • Group chat, tabbed chatting (from online gadget)
  • Receiving notification from Gmail, Orkut and Google Calendar (from desktop client)
  • Option to set Gmail as default mail client,ability to launch Gmail, orkut, google calendar from system tray (Newly Added)
  • Snooze option – disable notification for one hour. Better than disabling all notifications in present desktop client.

Here is the list of missing features…

  • file transfer
  • voice chat
  • invisible status option as in Gmail Chat (read more…)
  • option to hide offline friends from list
  • option to change display picture

Forget invisible status option as we can use gAlwaysIdle for that, but ability to hide offline friends is must have, as with ~3000 contact in my Gmail list, finding online buddies is a though job!

What caught my eyes is simple settings pane. Of course it need to be made a little complex to incorporate missing features in next release…

Google Talk, Lab Edition - Settings

Overall its little slow and missing feature list is a big disappointment! ๐Ÿ™

Anyway if you want to give it a try its here.

Link: Google Talk, Lab Edition (via Tech-Buzz)

Related: Adding Always Idle Status option in Google Talk

Remain Always Idle On Google Talk! [Free Download]

Google Talk is my favorite messenger like many of you and so my friend-list there is quite long. While I love to chat most of the times, I want some sort of privacy while developing codes. I can not sign out completely from messengers, as at times I need to communicate with many geeks for help. So I was one of the person who delighted when Gmail chat got invisible status. But to my surprise Google Talk is not yet updated. ๐Ÿ™

I personally prefer Google Talk over Gmail Chat so I googled for some solution and found a free software gAlwaysIdle which changes Google Talk context menu shown in screenshot below…


It basically adds a set of status options as you can see in above image!

As highlighted you can choose Always Idle if you are too busy at work. Many users will think that you are not at desk or something similar and thus won’t bother you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also there is an exactly opposite option – Never Idle. In case you want to look always online no matter even if you forget to shut down your PC at night!

Update: Many user have reported that gAlwaysIdle original site is down from long time. You can download gAlwaysIdle from our server till then.

Links: gAlwaysIdle Home | Download gAlwaysIdle Setup

Related: Gmail chats’ invisible status feature

Google added Invisible mode to Gmail Chat [Google Talk]

Gmail Chat Invisible ModeOne of the most awaited feature Google Talk lovers has been waiting for is out. Just read on Google’s official Gmail blog that Gmail Chat version of Google Talk will now have option to go invisible!

Jonas Lindberg quoted,

With this feature, you can appear offline, and still send and receive messages. If you’re using AIM in Gmail, invisible mode also makes you appear signed out on the AIM network.

Many developers will find this interesting as they can chat with other fellow developers without any interruption now. One bad new for boys is that all gals can go invisible now to avoid them! ๐Ÿ˜€

Personally this is the feature I was waiting for. Hope to see it in Google Talk application soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Useful Link: Request a Gmail chat feature to Google | Official Gmail Post

Google Talk got emotions and Group-Chat Feature!

Google_Talk_Emotions Just noticed two new features on Google Talk – my favorite instant Messenger Client!

  1. New picture emotions
  2. Group-Chat Feature


1. New Picture Emotions!

Like other big-old messenger (yahoo, msn, etc) Google talk now have limited picture emotions!

The quantity and quality of these emotions is but surprisingly low. May be Google will add more and better emotions soon.

Screenshots below will show you as how to express these new emotions while chatting on Google Talk.





2. Group-Chat Feature

This is one I guess most guys eagerly waiting for. Very often bunch of people are chatting on common topic like recent cricket match, a new offer,  movie, etc.

Now curtsey of this feature you all can chat in same window! ๐Ÿ™‚

Simple way to do this is start chatting with your friend and as people come online invite them to join conversation. Following screenshot shows pictorially how to invite people to join your Google-Talk conversation!





These new feature are only available with GoogleTalk embedded in Gmail. Lets hope an update for official Google Talk Client soon!

Like me, many of you just love simplicity of GoogleTalk! So let us know if these picture emotion disappointed you?

Google Talk Emotions!

As of now GoogleTalk is gaining lots of attention! And I found many people wondering about emotions GoogleTalk supports! While GoogleTalk does not support gif images as emotions like yahoo or msn.

Instead GoogleTalk makes animate emotions as they are with bold-blue color formatting. As many people like this kinda emotions, I tried to found other emotions which GoogleTalk supports (or better say animates).

Here is list… (updated after ashwins comment)

Key Combination

It’s a monkey!

Rock out.

If u can figure out more or find any of the above not working, please feel free to comment!