I’m getting emails for Google Talk. Is this a good thing or pass on it?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #101, I look at Google Talk as an alternative to Skype or other
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Well, it depends on what you do. It depends on whether or not it would be
useful to you.
Google Talk is a voice messaging system, not unlike Skype in some ways, that
allows you to communicate with other people who use Google Talk. You can do
both instant messaging, or you can do voice communications.
That’s all it is.
Is it a good thing? Sure. It’s not a bad thing. Is it useful to you? I can’t
tell. It really depends on you, who you use it with, and whether or not you
don’t already have some other alternative – like Skype or Microsoft Messenger
or any of the alternatives.
Google Talk is simply the voice and instant messaging alternative that’s
available from Google.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)