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Remove the Chat box from the left pane on Gmail

I don't ever use the chat feature of Gmail. Is there a way to get rid of the chat box on the left side? I can minimize it, but it still shows my name and the "Search, add, or invite" textbox. I can ...
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1answer
19k views

How do I stop someone from seeing me on Facebook Chat?

I like Facebook Chat, but I want to hide from specific people. Is there an easy way to do this?
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6answers
3k views

Preferred web based IRC application? [closed]

I don't typically communicate via IRC and therefore don't keep a client installed. To keep from having to download a client I'd like to use a web based IRC service. What web based IRC clients exist ...
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6answers
24k views

Removing someone from Gmail chat list

How do I remove someone from my Gmail chat list, but not from my Gmail contacts? Please note that blocking is not an option, as I want to allow the person to invite me on chat later if he wants.
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2answers
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Facebook chat alert “Friend is using an application to access chat.”

I am using the Facebook chat a lot but today something odd started happening. When I try to send my friends a message through the Facebook chat they will receive a pop up message saying something like ...
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4answers
3k views

Is there a way to permanently hide the “Chat” and “Invite a Friend” sections on left side panel of GMail?

On the left hand column of GMail I see my mailbox. Below the list of all my mailboxes, I get a section for "Chat" which lists my recent contacts, and below that, a section for "Invite a Friend". I'd ...
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5answers
85k views

How do I remove a contact from the Gmail chat list without blocking or deleting the contact?

Under Settings > Chat, I have "Only allow people that I've explicitly approved to chat with me and see when I'm online" checked. I want to know how to revoke chat permissions for someone whom I've ...
7
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2answers
15k views

How to search only in chat history in Gmail

When I do a search in Gmail, all my mail is searched, but I only want to search my chats. Is this possible?
7
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5answers
767 views

Multi-user chat with history [closed]

Are there any web apps which allow multiple users to chat, while preserving the chat history for all to see?
7
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1answer
913 views

Where can I make a web-based chatroom? No signups, nothing to download?

I just want to make a group chat where nobody has to download anything or sign up for anything. I have a lot of friends across a lot of different platforms (AIM, Skype, Deviantart, Youtube) so I want ...
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2answers
8k views

Open-source Campfire alternative [closed]

I've used Campfire by 37Signals and thought it was pretty cool. A bit pricey for me though and I would only use it with friends so I want a free alternative. Found TalkerApp and they offer a do a free ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I disable facebook chat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I log out of Facebook chat? Can facebook chat be turned off? I dont like facebook chat and want to disable it. I would like to have it always disables and not ...
7
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1answer
18k views

Does “previewing” a Facebook message mark it as Seen?

Say I get a New Message notification (the red box over the Messages icon). I then click on the Messages icon, so I am viewing the "preview" of all of my recent conversations. The red notification icon ...
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4answers
6k views

How do I remove myself from somebody's yahoo friends list?

In yahoo all the people who added me as a friend at some point of time(which may be back in 1999) can see me whenever I am online. Due to this issue I am always forced to go invisible in yahoo, if I ...
7
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1answer
9k views

Stop Facebook from recording chat?

For about 2 weeks now, Facebook has started recording chat messages to my messages inbox. Is there a way to stop this? I'm constantly getting notifications when I'm chatting that I've got a new ...
7
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0answers
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Does Slack have threaded chat or “respond to x” functionality?

We just started experimenting with Slack on my team. It's an awesome product, packed with third-party integrations and user-friendly features. But one that it doesn't have: threaded comments. I'm ...
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8answers
939 views

Web based chat that has group chat features? [closed]

I currently use IMO.im, which is great except they don't offer group chat... I'm looking for something similiar but with that feature. Required: Group chat (like a desktop app) Web based (no ...
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3answers
5k views

Gmail Google Chat hard to copy text from chat window

Using Google Chat in Gmail it is impossible to select all the text in the conversation. I often want to quickly copy the text from one conversation and email it or im it to another contact. The ...
6
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1answer
4k views

How can I view Facebook chat history?

I wonder if Facebook stores its chat history anywhere or if there is a way to enable chat history. Do you know a way to get the chat history? I have tried with: ...
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4answers
2k views

Is it possible to block, filter, or minimize Facebook chat “stickers”?

Facebook has recently made great strides in their effort to be the most evil web app of all time, by adding "stickers" to chat. The most annoying thing about these "stickers", is that they are so ...
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3answers
6k views

Is there a way I can use my facebook chat from within gmail?

I like chatting with people through my gmail account for a number of reasons, but mostly because these chats are archived and searchable. Is it possible to use my Facebook chat from within gmail chat ...
5
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3answers
2k views

Facebook chat through im client?

Does FaceBook chat allow access through an IM client like GTalk does? Specifically is there a way I can access it from Pidgin/Finch?
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2answers
3k views

What happens when I click “No” to “X wants to be able to chat” in Gmail? Will he or she know?

I don't want to be rude. But I don't want to chat with this person in Gmail. Will he/she be notified or otherwise know if I say no to his/her chat request?
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2answers
4k views

Change the display name of my friends in Google+

Some friends chose weird nicknames that I cant relate to them and I cant recognize them in the Chat list. I went to "Contacts" in my Google account (https://mail.google.com/mail/#contacts) and I ...
5
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2answers
19k views

Is there a way to move the chat window to the right side of Gmail?

I am using Gmail with too many labels with multiple levels. I also have the Preview Pane lab enabled. I want to move the chat window to the right side. It was previously there. But I am not able to ...
5
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1answer
23k views

Is there a way to use Skype chat from within the browser?

Is there a way to use Skype's chat features from within the browser? It would be great to be able to converse with your contact in situations where you can't necessarily install applications (while ...
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2answers
475 views

Chat widget that supports Open ID login

I am looking for an embeddable live chat widget (like Shoutmix) that allows users to sign in using open ID before starting the chat. Any ideas? Most of the ones I've come across - Olark, Shoutmix, ...
5
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1answer
1k views

Display all hidden chat members in Gtalk

Gtalk doesn't provide groups in chat window. If I am online, I am online for all. If I am invisible, I am invisible for all. So, I see a very large list when I get online. For me, say for example, few ...
4
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3answers
9k views

How to ignore a friend on Facebook?

I want to "delete" some friends from Facebook without them noticing. Is that possible? Is possible at least to hide them from Facebook chat?
4
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2answers
950 views

How to set Google Calendar in Gmail above chat?

If the chat window is too long, then its hard to see the calendar at the bottom of the chat. This makes it difficult to see the calendar and often miss the alerts given by calendar by making the font ...
4
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1answer
5k views

Adding Yahoo contacts to Google Talk

How do I add Yahoo contacts to Google Talk? I have several people who don't have Gmail accounts and I'd like to be able to chat with them via Google Talk in my Gmail inbox.
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2answers
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Adding all Gmail contacts to Gmail chat

I want to add all of my contacts to the chat list. I have selected "Show in chat list:">All Contacts, but not all of my contacts are showing there. How do I do it?
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2answers
3k views

Why does Gmail save a chat in Sent Mail?

I use Gmail. I have a chat conversation in Sent Mail, not in Inbox! Sent Mail means email, but I have a chat there like 1 email-1 line of a chat. It annoys me... I have Conversation view off. I have ...
3
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2answers
39k views

What is the back story or history behind Facebook's 'Putnam' smiley?

Please explain the reason for and back story to Facebook's hidden PUTNAM smiley (:putnam:). Here it is:
3
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1answer
60k views

Facebook shows me as online even if I turned off chat. How can I be offline in Facebook?

I never use Facebook Chat. It's always turned off. But I realized that it shows me as online (green dot) to my friends even if it's turned off. Is there any way to be offline in Facebook? I don't ...
3
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4answers
193 views

Finding possible replacements for Skype

I currently use Skype to do video chats with folks that I know across the world, but I've been finding that its performance has been pretty horrible. Dropped connections, horrible video performance, ...
3
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2answers
559 views

Alternatives to Chatterous? [closed]

My team has been using chatterous for quite some time now and the service has been getting more and more flaky. We have some team members who use the web client, some who prefer to send and receive ...
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6answers
1k views

Are there any embeddable chat room services that aren't Meebo? [closed]

I run a weekly live podcast, and I currently use Meebo because of it's instant access for users. Users don't need to connect with Facebook or Twitter or confirm their email, they are just thrown into ...
3
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2answers
6k views

How to edit a person's name in the new Gmail chat?

Previously in Gmail chat, I was just able to click on the name of a person to edit his name. Now, the name acts as a link which opens Contacts, where the editing can happen. the old way was faster. ...
3
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1answer
530 views

Who have I blocked on GChat?

Recently I found out I'd accidentally blocked someone on GChat, and now I'd like to know who else I might have blocked? How do I figure this out? (I have too many contacts to go through them one by ...
3
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1answer
389 views

Contacts list and Chat Box suddenly disappeared from the lefthand side of Gmail account

Even though chat is on, I can’t see my chat list. Can you please tell me how can I get back?
3
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2answers
3k views

Send chat request to all Gmail users

I started my personal domain and configured Gmail to use as mail server. I imported all contacts from my old Gmail account to the new one. Now, how I can send chat request to all contacts from my new ...
3
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1answer
1k views

Unable to see textbox in Gmail chat window

I logged into Gmail this morning and opened the chat and was stunned to see that the textbox in the chat window is not visible at all. Even if I pop out the chat window, I still cannot see the ...
3
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0answers
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How to pop out the new Facebook chat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Facebook chat only page Facebook has rolled out a new chat UI. I always used to use the option 'pop out chat' that appeared in the menu at the top of the chat interface, ...
2
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2answers
7k views

Chat with Facebook friends without having Facebook account

I had a Facebook account, and deleted it, since I found Facebook overwhelming. Now, I would just like to chat (using web app or computer program) with some of my Facebook friends, so I wonder if this ...
2
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2answers
135 views

Is there a web app where you can share music in real time in the context of a chat?

I'm looking for a web application that allows me to share the music I'm listening to in real time with a friend over chat. Note: this isn't about broadcasting my musical tastes or publishing my ...
2
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1answer
554 views

Group chat on Google+ on Mac

Does anyone know how to start a multiuser chat on Google+ on Mac OS? It seems like I simply don't have the icon to begin it! I've looked around for an answer but they merely list the instructions, ...
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2answers
4k views

How can I connect to a Jabber chat room within Google Chat?

I use the chat client in Gmail. Recently a Jabber chat server was set up at work, and I'd like to connect to it. How do I set that up?
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2answers
1k views

How do I prevent Google Talk from showing my status as “idle”?

when I use GTalk, my chat program shows as idle when I step away from the keyboard for more than a few minutes. Back when I used AIM, I was able to turn that off. Any ideas on how to do that when ...
2
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1answer
349 views

Revert changes done to Facebook chat

I'm new to Facebook (yes, that is still possible!). Yesterday, when I registered, Facebook chat in my account was tiny (about 1/5 of screen height) and showed only true on-line Friends. Today, ...