I want to set my gtalk status to a youtube video link. But the link doesn't show title, and shows actual URL. I want it to show the title clicking on which people go to the video page.

What is the easiest way to do so?


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Google doesn't parse HTML's in status message. So, No. It's not possible.

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    Whilst I agree that it's probably not possible, the fact that it doesn't parse HTML is not necessarily the reason.
    – MrWhite
    Mar 15, 2013 at 17:58
  • Explain why you think so.
    – Bibhas
    Mar 15, 2013 at 18:03
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    Google could provide an alternative syntax for embedding this information, rather than (a subset of) HTML. Gtalk is not primarily browser based and there are better (more friendly) solutions for simple markup. Gtalk does currently offer some alternative markup (which can be used in the status), such as *bold*, -strikethrough- and _italic_, but even these simple formatting markers aren't compatible with all gtalk clients.
    – MrWhite
    Mar 15, 2013 at 21:27
  • True. But ultimately, they are all parsed into HTML. What you're talking about is purely guesswork, of something that might happen sometime in future. I have no reason to consider that. Anyway, point taken. Thanks for your view.
    – Bibhas
    Mar 15, 2013 at 22:09
  • What if I'm using Pidgin? Will it work then? Will my friends on gtalk be able to see it?
    – user13107
    Mar 16, 2013 at 15:53

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