Sunday, May 18, 2008

Chat with your site visitors using Google Talk chatback


It has been quite a while since Google launched this service called Google Talk chatback. The Google Talk chatback badge allows visitors to your site to chat with you even if they haven't signed up for Google Talk on their Google Account or if they don't have a Google Account. But of course, you must be logged in to your Google account for your visitors to reach you. You can put the badge in your blog or website, and people who visit those pages can chat with you. The badge will display your online status (whether you're available to chat or not) and, optionally, your status message.

When visitors visit your site they will see the badge like shown below. Anybody who wants to chat with you can click on the badge and start chatting. Chatback uses the web-based Google Talk Gadget so your visitors don't need to download anything. It opens in a new window so they can keep chatting with you even if they browse to other pages.

chatback_available  chatback_busy

If you don't want to be bothered then you can set your online status to Busy or Unavailable, which you can do in Gmail, and your visitors won't be able to chat with you.

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