My first response to Google Talk: that’s freakin’ great, another instant messaging client. As if the world of IM needs more diversification (don’t even get me started on this matrix). However, Google Talk also offers voice chat and access to your Gmail account.
I’m not a big fan of IM–I don’t like the random interruptions. And I mostly use my Gmail account to email myself. I have done some VOIP using Skype, but it’s less convenient than the phone, and my long distance bills aren’t exactly crippling. So, I’m hardly turgid with excitement about Google Talk.
That said, I did install Google Talk, just to check it out. The installation was gracefully simple, and it’s easy to use. My first complaint: unlike Skype, you can’t record voice chats. A world of geeks excited about podcasting will be displeased. I wouldn’t mind testing the voice chat. If you’re inclined, ping me first on IM: thefoot at gmail dot com (don’t email me there, though).
As a footnote, this email business highlights the pain that IM has caused me. My MSN Messenger account is associated with darrenbarefoot at hotmail dot com (don’t, under any circumstances, email me there), and now my Google Talk account uses a different email address. Neither of those are my main personal or business accounts. It’s 2005, guys. Can’t I have a single email address for all these services?