Google Talk Meets AOL Instant Messager: Time Warner & Google Complete AIM Integration Deal

Yesterday, Google announced that you can now login and talk to AOL Instant Messenger users via Google Talk, through Google Talk’s Gmail interface. Making the two instant messaging tools work together is a feature promised way back when AOL and Google formed a strategic alliance in December 2005. If you read the old press release, […]

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Yesterday, Google announced that you can now login and talk to AOL Instant Messenger users via Google Talk, through Google Talk’s Gmail interface. Making the two instant messaging tools work together is a feature promised way back when AOL and Google formed a strategic alliance in December 2005.

If you read the old press release, one of the conditions of the agreement was:

Enabling Google Talk and AIM instant messaging users to communicate with each other, provided certain conditions are met


Now, Gmail users can log into AIM via Gmail and see their AIM buddy list. The AIM buddy list will be integrated into your Gmail buddy list, but you will see the yellow “running man” logo to the right of your AIM friends’ screen names.

There is a ton of coverage of this announcement on Techmeme.


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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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