Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Talk Gadget, Take 2

Okay, we'll try again. Tuesday at 6PM eastern. I don't know how much of this is necessary, but it might help to go to make some early preparations. Go to http://www.google.com/talk/ and click on Launch Google talk gadget. No need to download anything. A chat window should open. You may find that you already have some contacts. (There are people on my contact list I've never heard of. Possibly people you've emailed who have gmail will be on the list. Or not.) In any case try to add evledtr@gmail.com to your list of contacts using the ADD button (possibly you don't need the ADD button. I seem to have trouble getting addresses in. Possibly putting the address in the provided box and hitting enter is the correct procedure. Fiddle around till it's in there.

You may already have a google account, as I believe you need one to have a blogger account. If you don't, it may turn out you need one, though I've seen nothing that specifically says so.

If you don't receive an invitation to the chat room by 6:05 PM eastern I will have no way of knowing whether this is because something's gone wrong, or because you forgot to be at your computer. So come to this post and comment that you didn't get invited or that you aren't able to accept the invitation for some reason.

Now, if you're planning to be here, send me the email address at which you want to receive the invitation so I can put you on my own contact list. I have Kiersten, Julie, Robin, Dave, Buffy and Meri on my list already.


Dave F. said...

PS - you have to sign onto chat to become "available"... It should say "sign onto chat" or "Available" below your name. You want to be "available"... (I mean that in a nice way)

It's not a password thing, it's more like clicking and changing a status somewhere in google (who knows? If it works, who cares).

Robin S. said...

Fun! Thanks for doing this again.

Phoenix said...

I love you guys. I want to talk to you guys. Firewall obviously does not share my views. I am not being a snob. I am being denied.

I hope it works for y'all today! Technology shouldn't be so hard, eh?

BuffySquirrel said...

Bring back IRC!

Anonymous said...

How do I do it? I see you and Whirl - what do I click? Add?


Anonymous said...

Buffy - this is pretty good. All you have to do is be in your blogger account.


Anonymous said...

But phoenix - if our firewall doesn't work - that's not good. What about if you open up a gmail account? Would that work?


Anonymous said...

I'm not finding squat. I will try again.


Anonymous said...

I'm not finding squat. I will try again.


Kiersten said...

Sorry I was absent. After extended battle with my two-year-old over naptime, I ended up falling asleep, too. But it already worked for me, and seems like you had a good crowd.

McKoala said...

Saw this too late!

Dave F. said...

EE - #1 - If you don't want to post this as a comment, just let me know you've read it. #1

I discovered that the Google Chat Badge is inactive until you actually activate the talk window and click on the "available" link. That's when it turns green. I added the badge to my blog page and when I click it without having the google chat window open (that means I'm logged in, or active) it pops up a screen saying that I am not available.

You might have to let your browser generate the popup or open a new tab. I can't say what happens exactly.

I really did not want to add the badge to my blog. Like I've said before, I got so badly burnt with AOL Instant messaging, (let's say the trolls won) that I was reluctant to use this badge thing. As long as I can be online and keep my status unavailable or offline, I am satisfied that I won't be bothered. I will leave it on my page.

Remember also, that there is no program for google chat that runs on a MAC. I only use the link to the talk gadget in the middle of the page.

A caution, I don't know if three or four people click on the group chat option on the google chat screen if they all go to one room, or they create different rooms. I am not even sure how to check if that can happen without being able to physically talk to the participants.

Dave F. said...

#2 - If you don't want to post this as a comment, just let me know you've read it. #2

I found this on the Google Talk Help Pages:

QUESTION: I've been invited to Google Talk. What should I do?

ANSWER: Start Talking!

If you've been invited to Google Talk, but you don't have a Google Account yet, you'll need to set one up. Click the link in the invitation you received or visit https://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount?service=talk.

Once you have a Google Account, download Google Talk and use your Google Account username and password to sign in. The person who invited you will automatically appear in your Friends list so you can start talking to each other.

If you've been invited to Google Talk and you're already a Gmail user, click the link for Gmail users in the invitation you received. Download Google Talk, and sign in with your Gmail username and password.

Note that some features of Google Talk are only available to users who use a Gmail username and password to sign in. Voicemail, Gmail notifications, and chat history are not available without a Gmail account. You can sign up for a Gmail address at http://mail.google.com/mail/signup. After you create an account, you can download Google Talk.

Dave talking:
Now I use the Google Chat Gadget because the chat client won't run on a MAC. Also, I only have a BLOGGER account and not a GMAIL account. So you don't necessarily need GMAIL. If you have a Blog ID, that will work.

I am not sure what happens if I invite a non-blogger user without Gmail. The Google Talk Badge says that I can invite anyone, even non google users. However, it might not give them the rights to use their names. They might show up as "guest" ... I don't know yet. I will explore that over the next few days. The great god of electrons might smile on me and not, well modesty forbids I actually describe that action.

talpianna said...

You gave a party and you didn't invite me.

Story of my life.

fairyhedgehog said...

I was too early and I couldn't see how to work it.

I wish we were all in the same time zone.

Evil Editor said...

It's not as complicated as everything seems at first, (and as some things turn out to actually be). We use the talk gadget, not google talk. Nothing needs to be downloaded. To start a chat, you just click where it says launch google talk gadget, and a chat room opens. Then you invite someone in.

But for our purposes, I will open the chat room, so you don't even need to do that. All you need to do is be online so I can invite you into the room. Since the only people I'll want to invite to a book chat are those who want to attend, I'll want to know who those people are, preferably in advance.

No badges, no download, no signup. I'm not saying we'll use it for the next book chat, but if you are hoping to attend, send me the email address at which you want your invitation, in case we do.

BuffySquirrel said...


fairyhedgehog said...

It works. I just had to press Enter after putting your address in the Add field.

I'm surprised how unintuitive it is for a Google gadget but it does work.

freddie said...

Sorry I missed this. EE, I just sent the e-mail I'd like for you to send the invitation. If you could drop a comment here to let me know you got it, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

Evil Editor said...

Got it.

sylvia said...

Now I'm not sure if your eyes really were closed or not!