Google Talk / Gmail Adds Live Chat & Invisible Mode Features

Google Talk has announced a couple new features, including Google Talk Chatback and invisible mode. The first feature is similar to a live chat box that you can add to any web page and chat with anyone via your Google Talk or Gmail account. Google calls the feature “chatback,” and it allows anyone, even without […]

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Google Talk has announced a couple new features, including Google Talk Chatback and invisible mode.

The first feature is similar to a live chat box that you can add to any web page and chat with anyone via your Google Talk or Gmail account. Google calls the feature “chatback,” and it allows anyone, even without a Google Talk account, to talk to you via your Google Talk account.

The second feature is “invisible” mode for your Gmail and Google Talk status. Google says this feature comes in handy when your away status is just not good enough. This way people don’t even see you to instant message you.


The Google Chatback is very easy to add to your page. All you need is a Google Talk Account and then you go to this page and copy and paste the code where you want the chatback badge to appear on your page. Then your web site visitors can chat with you via the chatback feature.

The invisible mode feature is available in the new Gmail code features.

One new thing that people have been also noticing is that by default, many Gmail accounts have two emails. By default they have an @gmail.com but they also have an @googlemail.com.


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Barry Schwartz
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Barry Schwartz is a technologist and a Contributing Editor to Search Engine Land and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics.

In 2019, Barry was awarded the Outstanding Community Services Award from Search Engine Land, in 2018 he was awarded the US Search Awards the "US Search Personality Of The Year," you can learn more over here and in 2023 he was listed as a top 50 most influential PPCer by Marketing O'Clock.

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