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I’m using Google Talk from within Google Mail and Google+. However, I actually don’t want to have the parent site (Google Mail or Google+) open all the time while chatting, I just want the pop-out window with the chat.

Is there a way to achieve this?

I realise that this is technically challenging but maybe there’s a “standalone” Google Talk client (outside the one for Windows, since I’m on OS X) or browser extension?

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Oh-uh. The answer is really obvious. Should have looked just a little longer. – Konrad Rudolph Apr 12 '12 at 10:08
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If you are using the Chrome web browser, Google released a free add-on for the browser that will open chat windows without requiring an application download.

Chat for Google - Chrome Web Store

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Answering my own question, Adium – among many other clients – has a function to access Google Talk.

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