It's time we had a real fallback for when MSN is sucking. I'm not saying that GT will be more reliable than MSN if/when it takes off. I'm just saying that it makes a nice fallback for when you don't feel like opening ICQ (which is always). Google Talk might still be in development, but it has a number of nice features already:
- Chats are stored server-side in your gmail account, so that you can access your chat history anywhere you can get on the web;
- The voice chat is immaculate, rivalling Skype in voice quality;
- The web client is very functional and even works on my Mac.
For the techies, it's built on open protocols and they encourage the use of third-party clients, and are even working to add voice chatting code to Gaim (and by extension the rest of the GPL'd open source community).
If you do have it and you are my friend, add me to your list -- my real gmail account, not the one in the profile. If you wish to become my friend send an e-mail to the one in the profile.