Google Chat is an instant messaging (IM) application - you type a message and it instantly pops-up on your friend's or co-worker's computer. Instant messages are fun, but they can also be useful at work - especially when you want someone to receive information right away, but you don't want to interrupt by calling.
Potential Uses for Google Chat:
Google Chat is not officially supported by the ITS Help Desk. This section covers the features available in Google Chat so that you can imagine the possibilities and start exploring. More information on Google Chat is available in the Google Help Center.
When typing your message isn't enough, you can have a real conversation (out loud) or even talk face-to-face.
See how it works:
Log into Gmail and look at your chat list. If someone has a camera icon next to their name, you can start a voice or video chat. Click the person's name to start a regular chat, then at the bottom of the chat window, click Video & more to change to a voice or video chat.
If your friend or co-worker doesn't have the camera icon, you can invite them to download the voice and video chat plug-in from the Video & more menu. Even if your friend doesn't have a video camera, you can still have a voice chat or a 1-way video chat.
With group chat you can chat with multiple people in the same conversation. There is no limit to the number of people who can participate in the chat, and any participant can invite others to join.
First Steps (using Google Chat):
Log into Gmail and start a chat with a single person. Then, click Video & more at the bottom of the chat window and select Group chat. In Add a person to this chat field, enter the name of the contact(s) you want to add to your group chat.
To end your chat, click the X at the corner of the chat window. Others in the group chat will get a message saying that you've left the conversation. If you want to rejoin, you'll need to be invited back by a contact who's still in the group chat.
Chat is built into Google Docs, so that you can discuss a document with co-workers as you make edits.