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I seem to recall there's a URL you can use to access Gmail Chat directly without having the whole Gmail window. Does anyone know the URL?

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Try this one: Google Talk Gadget

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Been looking for this for a while - thanks. –  mindless.panda Jun 16 '11 at 12:48
Google decommissioned the Talk Gadget in 2012. –  Matt McClure Oct 14 '12 at 1:57
Why didn't I read Matt's comment so long ago! support.google.com/talk/answer/2722317?hl=en –  ptpaterson Feb 21 '14 at 17:48

You can access it directly from IGoogle.

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+1 - Also, not a webapp but you can download Google Talk. (Seems to be Windows only unfortunately.) –  boehj Jun 15 '11 at 8:56
boehj@ FYI, Google Talk is available from Linux platforms too.. –  Andrejs Cainikovs Jun 15 '11 at 9:00
@Andrejs: Good to know. Cheers. –  boehj Jun 15 '11 at 9:09
Here is a list of Google Talk compatible clients but I thought chat and talk were a little different...google.com/talk/otherclients.html –  slotishtype Jun 15 '11 at 9:44
Correct. My bad, I'm using pidgin as Google Talk client. Native Google Talk client is available only for Windows. –  Andrejs Cainikovs Jun 15 '11 at 11:25

If you are using Google Chrome, you can install the Chat for Google extension.

source: Ways to Access Google Chat - The official supported Chat are:

  • Chatting in Gmail
  • Google+
  • Chatting in iGoogle
  • Chatting in orkut
  • Chat on a Chromebook or a Chrome browser
  • Screen Reader Support
  • Mobile
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You should just be able to use any XMPP/Jabber client.

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you can use Meebo - you can have multiple IM accounts there (Gmail, ICQ, Jabber etc.). It is online, no need to install anything.

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Meebo has shut down. –  Al E. Jun 20 '13 at 2:29
Yes, now you can move to imo.im for example. For me best replacement of Meebo Messenger. :-) –  Juhele Jun 21 '13 at 22:04

If you are on a mac Adium is my favorite chat client (mac only). Lets you add accounts from just about everything from AIM to IRC to Facebook Chat to GChat to Myspace and everything inbetween.


and they have a pretty sweet icon.

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for other platforms (but also for Mac) and when desktop IM client is needed, you can use Pidgin pidgin.im –  Juhele Jun 21 '13 at 22:06
... or Apple's iChat –  Vidar S. Ramdal Mar 6 '14 at 12:37

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