August 29th, 2005
What’s my take on Google Talk?
I downloaded it on the first day itself, installed it, clicked around, had a conversation or two, closed it, and haven’t started it again.
The tool I use for IM is Gaim for all the four majors (The 4): YIM, MSN, ICQ, and AIM. Combined I have 300 contacts (I checked twice when I reached a round figure) out of which I guess half are inactive and need pruning. But that still leaves 150 active contacts.
Compare that to Google Talk’s total: 3.
Google Talk has nothing to offer me that I already don’t have through one of The 4. I don’t need it. If one of my clients comes along and wants me to use Google Talk just to talk, I will politely request them to use YIM (my favourite of The 4). It’s happened before with Skype. Sooner or later it will happen with Google Talk. People understand that nobody wants a fifth IM application open just for them. They already have an identity with one of The 4 anyway. So they oblige.
It’s funny watching people falling over themselves over using Google Talk. Crowd psychology: mostly devoid of sanity. What is there to be so excited about? What’s new? What’s special? What is this new IM application giving anybody that isn’t already there? And it’s limited to Windows only to boot! Just because it’s been released by Google?
But it’s Google! They change everything they touch. Wait for the next version! It will really be something you know!
That’s one of my acquaintances. I refuse to recognise him as my friend till he regains some sense. But that seems to be the sentiment of many people I’ve talked to. However, it’s not as if Google hasn’t gone wrong before (Web Accelerator).
So yes, I guess we’ll see as time goes. They have the resources. They have the desire and drive. And they think. Next few months should be interesting for the IM world.