This enabled Google Talk users to interact with registered Orkut users, by sending and receiving "scraps" within Orkut. Google Talk Gadget is a web-based module that may be embedded in i Google and other web pages, allowing text chat with users of Google Talk.
This allows users to send messages to their contacts, even if they are not signed in.
Google Talk supported messaging with any service provider that supports the XMPP protocol.
This included Earth Link, Gizmo5, Tiscali, Net Ease, Chikka, Media Ring, and, according to Google, "thousands of other ISPs, universities, corporations and individual users." with Google Talk's text chat (IM), allowing text chat with XMPP users on a variety of platforms.
As it worked within a browser, the Google Talk client did not need to be downloaded to send instant messages to Gmail users.
Conversation logs were automatically saved to a "Chats" area in the user's Gmail account.Google also provides a Voice and Video Chat browser plugin for Google Talk The plugin must be downloaded and installed, but otherwise seamlessly integrates into the Gmail interface.