Ways to Auto Reply in Gtalk with Predefined Messages

gtalk As many of you are aware, I was not much into online activities since quite long time because of my academic exams and as such, I always needed something that will help me out conveying this message to as many people with minimum efforts. Setting auto replies in my Gtalk account was one of the best way of letting my friends know about my activities and then I found various ways of setting automated replies for my Gtalk friends that I am going to discuss here in this post.

Ways to set auto reply:

I will now, one by one, discuss all the above 3 tricks and let you know the ways of using them

Digsby:

digsby I guess, many of you must have used Digsby at least once. Digsby is one of the most used Gtalk client that even supports many other IM networks, and it is also in the recommended list of apps here on Devils workshop. So how one can set auto reply using Digsby? Just follow steps after downloading and installing Digsby onto your computer:

  1. As shown on the screenshot below, right click on the tray icon of Digsby (of course after installing it) and go to preferences
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  2. Go to status tab and check “Auto respond with status message” option
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  3. Now whenever you set your status message with ‘Busy’ status, then any one who pings you will get a reply with the message you had earlier set as your status.
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And here is how, if any one who pings you will be auto responded with your predefined status message:

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This is one of the best trick to auto reply, but the only disadvantage in it is, your computer will have to be always switched on to auto reply with digsby running to auto respond. But there’s another service that we will discuss next, using which, you can set auto reply and it doesn’t matter whether your computer is switched on or not! ;-)

Answer.IM

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This is the another method to auto reply your Gtalk contacts, in fact this could be the best auto responding tool, if you want your Gtalk account to respond with a pre-defined message even when your computer is turned off. Also, for using this auto responder, you need not download any software onto your PC. Just login to answer.im and give your Gtalk login credentials to start using this auto responder service.

For setting up auto response in Answer.IM, have a look on our previous post: Answer.Im: Answering Machine for your Instant Messengers!

Gtalk Auto reply tool

Another tool is Gtalk auto reply software that works similar to Digsby though, unlike digsby, it doesn’t have support for chatting with online friends. You need to download and install the client on your system and it will keep responding to your friends automatically whenever they pings you. You can get this tool here.

Which tool is best for you?

Well, I prefer using both of them (Digsby and Answer.im) and unfortunately I could not make the third tool working on my system (many of my fellow bloggers could use it successfully though). You may use either of the tool depending on your situation. If you like your IM accounts to auto respond for 24×7 then you may try answer.im else digsby is a great tool too!

Links: Digsby download | Answer.Im | Gtalk auto reply software download

Related reading: Answer.Im: Answering Machine for your Instant Messengers!

Say goodbye to Microsoft’s MSN Web Messenger

It’s time to say goodbye to Microsoft’s MSN Web messenger and welcome the new IM in Windows Live Hotmail! The new web-based IM is now available worldwide aiming to provide easier access to communication even while checking emails on Hotmail.

Features:

  1. Now there is no need to go to MSN Web Messenger to chat. You could simply do it from your hotmail inbox or contact list.
  2. The new integration with the suite of other Windows Live services allows the users to see when their Messenger friends are online while signed in to their inbox
  3. All you have to do is connect directly to the Windows Live People page (also called “your contact list”) and sign into Messenger to continue chatting on the Internet with all your Messenger friends, like always.

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Try out the new feature and share your feedback.

(Source & Image credit: hotmail blog)

Indyarocks users can chat with Gtalk, Yahoo, MSN & AIM buddies from one single place

logoGood news for over 3.2 million Indyarocks users… now Indyarocks users can chat with others spread across different IM platforms, from any computer! All they need is a web browser and an Internet connection.

Geodesic and Indyarocks claim that this is the world’s first socially integrated Web based multi-service Instant Messenger.

Says Kiran Kulkarni, managing director, Geodesic Limited:

“We are thrilled to implement world’s first socially integrated web based multi-service IM for Indyarocks. Our IM platform provides Indyarocks users with a comprehensive IM experience, including the ability to login to their Indyarocks, Yahoo, MSN, GTalk, ICQ, AIM, and Jabber networks simultaneously and chat with buddies across all accounts. We continue to see tremendous growth for our IM platform as more and more publishers and web developers are realising the value of integrated real-time social interactions.”

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Things you could do:

  • Indyarocks users will also be able to share their Indyarocks content like photos, videos, blogs, movies, games, etc., instantly with their friends across the Web.
  • It is a browser based application and will not require any downloads whatsoever.
  • Indyarocks users will be able to browse through Indyarocks without disturbing any chat instances.

Link: indyarocks.com

(Source: Press Release)

Google Wave – Unifying communication on the Web

Google is now giving developers an early preview of Google “Wave”, encouraging them to ride into the future of emails, opening inboxes to richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, social network feeds, and more.

Google Wave has been created by the two guys behind Google Maps, along with a small team in Sydney. The concept behind Google Wave is to “unify” communication on the internet – more like a hybrid of email, web chat, IM, and project management software.

Google Wave is well suited for quick messages as well as for persistent content, as it allows for both collaboration and communication. It has the ability to replay conversations because it records the entire sequence of communication, character by character. Because of this, discussions are also live in Google Wave, which means you could even see your friends type character-by-character.

Features:

With Google wave you can:

  1. Use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web.
  2. Insert a reply or edit the wave directly.
  3. See on your screen instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave.
  4. Use “playback” to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.

The 3 layers of Google Wave:

  1. Google Wave product is a web application built on Google Web Toolkit that people will use to access and edit waves. It includes a rich text editor, other functions like desktop drag-and-drop, etc.
  2. Google Wave platform allows developers to embed waves in other web services, and to build new extensions that work inside waves.
  3. Google Wave protocol is for storing and sharing waves, and includes the “live” concurrency control allowing edits to be instantly reflected across users and services.

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The computer code for Wave will be open source, meaning developers are free to modify it as they wish. Although no launch date for Wave has been specified, but looks like it could be available to the public by later this year. Right now it’s only available to a select group of developers, who will be able to create their own Wave servers.

Link: Google Wave

(Source & Image credit: Google blog)

Digsby: Manage all your IM, Email and Social Network Accounts from one place

clip_image002Whenever you go online, how much time do you spend to check all of your emails accounts, browse through updates on your social network accounts and then login to your favorite IMs? Well, you can do away with all these mundane steps just by using the Digsby application.

Digsby is a software product that helps you manage all your IM, email, and social network accounts from one easy-to-use application. It is a free to use application, however it does show a few ads during the installation process for optional software, which you can decline during the setup. Other than that, it uses your CPU’s idle time to conduct computational research. If you wish, then you can even opt out of this as well.

Support

  • IM Accounts: AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, ICQ and Jabber
  • Email Accounts: Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, AOL/AIM Mail, IMAP and POP
  • Social Networks: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn

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Features

Instant Messaging

  • One combined buddy list for all your Chat Accounts
  • Multiple conversations in tabbed windows
  • Merge multiple accounts of a buddy into one IM account
  • InfoBox to check everyone’s status message and profile easily
  • Change your status in one click

Email

  • Manage all your email accounts right from Digsby
  • Popup notifications when new email arrives
  • The email InfoBox gives you a snapshot of your unread messages with just one click
  • Perform basic actions such as “Mark as Read” or “Report Spam” from the email InfoBox
  • Send emails to your friends from the IM window, itself

Social Networking

  • Stay up to date with everything happening on all your accounts.
  • Receive notification alerts from all the accounts
  • The social network InfoBox gives you a real time NewsFeed of your friends
  • Change your status message for any network in one click

Personalize

  • Customized skins for personal look and feel.
  • Customizable notification system to let you choose what events you want to be alerted about and how.

How to begin?

  • Download Digsby
  • Run the installer
  • Add your accounts
  • Customize your set up – themes and behavior
  • Start using

Digsby offers a complete synchronization between computers and installations. You can even place a widget on your blog, website, or social network profile so that you can chat with your visitors.

Link: Digsby