Google Talk Officially Integrated with Orkut [Part 2]

Just had a glimpse of one of the most awaited feature on Orkut, THE Google Talk Integration! It looks like I am the last one to see it on my orkut account! πŸ˜‰

After many Greasemonkey scripts, orkut apps and other hacks, nothing seems to beat this official integration.

More than 2 years ago, we posted about this much needed integration. But after a bold move from rival Facebook to offer chat feature, this was quite expected from Orkut.

Integration looks nice but with some open questions…

  • Whether Orkut will show list of online Orkut friends like Facebook? List of Orkut friends can differ from list of Google Talk friends.
  • In any case, list of online friends is good option. I could not see it anywhere. May be I failed to notice it.
  • I am not sure if all Orkut users can use this feature. It looks like one need to be user of Google Talk separately to enjoy this feature.
  • It is not clear whether you can chat with online Orkut friends from your existing Google Talk clients.

orkut - Google Talk settings-1Orkut added a separate Google Talk settings page, but it contains just one option – Choose which friends can chat with you.

Lets hope like many other features this feature will be improved with time.

To read more about this feature, read this earlier post by Deepak.


Praveen November 25, 2008

I have installed GTalk solely for the purpose of Orkut Scrap alerts. I hope this new feature shows the list of online friends and scrap alerts as well πŸ™‚ Looks like it hasn’t been implemented to my profile yet!

PS:Looks like you have clciked me along in the screenshot in the top left corner, showing my bday as tomorrow (Nov 26)!

Rahul Bansal November 25, 2008

I was away from Orkut for more than a week so I need more time before I can say more about this feature.
One thing is sure orkut could have done this better.
And wish you happy birthday in advance… πŸ™‚

Deepak Jain November 25, 2008

@Rahul Bansal
You need not be sad thinking you are the last one to get this feature!

There are many other people waiting for it in queue.. πŸ˜‰
For instance the feature is yet to visit my profile.. πŸ™

Rahul Bansal November 25, 2008

@Deepak Jain
Oh.. I was thinking I am the last one! πŸ˜‰

Sreejoy November 26, 2008


orkut people should include custome messages and music plug in support like in gtalk ..!!


Deepak Jain November 30, 2008

The feature is yet to be implemented on my profile… πŸ™
Did Orkut forget to get this feature for all users??