Google Talk – Tips and Tricks!

Here’s a few hacks I’ve found by playing with Google Talk

Bold Text: Put * around the word.
Example: I *love* Google —> I love Google

Italic Text: Put _ around the word.
Example I _love_ Google —> I love Google

To switch between multiple chat windows, press Tab. Ctrl+Tab will go in the opposite direction.

You can show your homepage or blog URL simply by entering it in your away message (at the top of the main window). It will automatically turn to a link visible to others.

Some smileys – so far I’ve found the following:


that are recognised by Google Talk and will turn blue.

To switch between multiple (undocked) chat windows, press Ctrl+Tab

Linebreaks – 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.

URL’s / Hyperlinks – Google Talk will detect a website address and automagically turn it into hyperlink, which is then clickable by the recipient.

Change Text Size (Wheel mouse required) – Do you find the default text is too small or too large? You can change the text by pressing Ctrl + mouse scroll up/down. Scroll up will enlarge the text, scroll down will decrease the text size. The change is only on your screen, it will not affect the receiver side’s text size. (Google spoil all my fun!! :-))

If you’re interested in trying Google Talk – leave a comment (including your e-mail address) and I’ll sort you out a GMail invite


Spreading GoogleTalk

I’ve been invited to be a moderator for the forums that are about to be launched at SpreadGoogleTalk – it sounds like a really exciting project along the lines of SpreadHello and SpreadFirefox

Run entirely by “Fans” is should be an interesting place to hang out in the coming months – they’re working closely with GoogleTalk team members like Joe Beda a former Microsoftie who worked on Avalon amongst other things….

The site should go live in the next day or so – the delay is partly due to the inolvement of some of the original team members ing involved in a relief team called SEAEAT – apparently it’s originally a tsunami help team – who’ve been called to assist in the relief operations for Hurricane Katrina Best of luck to them in their efforts – it goes without saying that my thoughts are with those affected by this disaster.

I’m sure that I’ll post more as the site goes live and develops over the coming weeks and months – all I can say is that I look forward to being involved, and I’d like to thank Angelo Embuldeniya for this invitation to join in something this exciting!!


Google Talk is live (as a Beta)

Kraneland has just posted that Google Talk is live – as per normal – it Beta – but as I’ve commented before – what Google software isn’t?

It needs a GMail Account – leave a comment if you want one – I have plenty of invites available 😉

I’ve not really had a chance to play yet – but it looks pretty cool – I’ll be interested to see if it’ll play with MSN Messenger etc….. More to follow!!


Google IM??

Neowin have an interesting story up…. apparently Google have an active Jabber at

Apparently this could be announced properly tomorrow (Wednesday) but I’m in the process of downloading a client now to give it a try 🙂

On the other hand – it could be that the jabber server is just a part of the backend to Hello – that’s a minimally publicised Google owned IM client with a photo sharing bent* – it also allows you to post to blogger using your “bloggerbot” (the only friend you have when you first sign in….

*but it mostly seems to be used for swapping porn – I guess some things will always be the same…..