Not got time to sign up tonight, but when I get back home, I´ll be signing up. I´ll get a GMAil account, and the username/addy will be big-rick95 AT gmail DOT com.
I´ll let you know when I am signed up so you can add me to your list (if you so wish).
So, what are peoples thoughts on Google Talk so far then? Personally, I think that at the moment it isn't too great, but only being a beta and all that, it certainly has lots of potential to become a good rival to popular VoIP services like Skype and other IM services like MSN.
At the moment it is rather basic, although the neat, compact, white design does sit on my desktop better than messenger. The VoIP service it provides currently has been compared to Skype (not by me, but by someone who has skype) and says that the quality is better than skype. If it gains an external dialling service and more compatability with other messengers then it can go on to rival skype, trillian and other messengers out there.
I'm expecting it to stay in Beta for a long time tho...longer than Gmail, so they can play with it a lot!!
Might be best if you emphasised that you mean better than MSN Messenger..
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My opinions of google talk is its very nice and simple, as above. Although it does lack basically all of the bells and whistles of Yahoo and MSN Messenger. But it provides a nice improvement of Gmail notifier, if that is what you want.
I like the VOIP setup, but I have little comparison with Yahoo or MSN. I feel it might fall down currently on the lack of group conversations.
But I shall continue to run it, with interest as google try and compete with the other big names.
Thanks yorkie, but for my benefit, would you able to break down what it does into terms 'norms' (in this sense, 'norms' are those, including myself I stress to add, who do not deal with ICT technology and its associated nonsense for a living or hobby) could understand.
Cockfosters, very good point there. Google are trying to do a Bill Gates and conquer the world, to some extent. They should focus on doing what they do best, that being a fantastic search engine. Don't get me wrong, I like Google too, just you shouldn't cast your net too far out, you'll catch only a nominal amount. Focus on those areas where you're likely to pull in a load, and you'll reap the rewards.