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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Google Chat is here!

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I couldn't believe it! I was right underneath my nose the entire time. Google has a chat program! They always have and they have never told anybody about it! Ingenious! It was on the Search Engine Position (check out the Source link above for more details) which gave a little synopsis. The chat product is called Hello. Here is a glimpse of what they had to say:

Hello is an application which does a couple of neat things. First, it allows you to easily publish your images to your blogger blog. In other words, if you have a blog on blogger (Also owned by Google), with a simple click or two in Hello you can publish your pictures.

Now here's the best part. You remember how I said at the beginning of the article that there has been lots of speculation on Google's future, now that the company has gone public? Well, Hello also has a chat feature. That means you can converse with your friends much like you do with MSN messenger or Yahoo! messenger. Google now has its own chat.

I am already testing it out. I don't think it is as advanced as Yahoo or MSN--at least not yet but I do expect them to surpass them in the near future.
Of course this one is very basic right now. You can't have group chats (or share pictures with a group) yet. But I am sure that over the coming months we could see Hello move more into the mainstream and start winning over some MSN or Yahoo! messenger users. But, the fact is, now that Google has entered the IM space, and provided they do expand the capabilities of Hello, I think you will see Hello become a contender in the space within a few months.

I guess the question now becomes, what are Google's plans? Will they work to expand Hello and make it a more mainstream alternative to MSN or Yahoo! messenger? Or will they leave it and move onto something else? I think they should work on expanding Hello into a good alternative chat program. There are many features which current IM programs don't have. Also if they hope to keep winning over users from MSN and Yahoo! then that is another way to do it - by continuing to offer alternatives to their products. I think Hello could be one of the first steps down this path.

Rob Sullivan, Production Manager of Searchengineposition.com


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