Gmail Introduces AIM Chat, (No AOL Log-in Necessary!)

Standardizing is a great thing. Among many of its advantageous is the "space" it gives for simplicity, from a user point of view anyway. Since, it may look easy and "simple" for us but for the developers writing an API ain't that simple. Anyhow, few days ago Gmail team announced a new feature which enables the loyal Gmail users to chat with their AIM "buddies" directly from Gmail account.

Wait... isn't that kinda old??. Yes, it is.. but in the past you had to log-in to your AOL account to open a "portal". But with this new service that is no longer necessary!. Furthermore, you can add AIM users to your chat list as easy as adding Gmail users (for instance, add "username" in your Chat box and you're good to go).

According to Google, not just in Gmail, but you can use this feature in few of their other services such as iGoogle, Orkut, and Google Talk (on Android Phones). Because of the API "collaboration", AIM users can add Gmail users the same way in their accounts as well.

But if you had a massive list of "friends" then adding the one by one is a painful task. In that case, this official AIM Buddies importer is a must. Good luck :).   


Anonymous said...

So far, it's very flaky. I hope they get this all resolved soon. It's very disappointing.

Gayan said...


hmm, Google is pretty smart, but these days it seems like they're so "eager" to introduce things but... which are not as reliable as they used to be :/.

Thanks for the feedback :)

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