Gmail includes a built-in app that you can use to send and receive instant messages with other people in Griffith University or external collaborators who also have a Gmail account.
This app was known as Google Talk (often referred to as "Chat"), however Griffith updated to Google Hangouts in May 2017.
Difference between Google Hangouts & Google Talk
There are a few differences between the older version of Google Talk and the updated Google Hangouts:
- Your Chat interface (Google Talk) looks slightly different.
- Your existing Google Talk contact list may be deleted, however the Hangout contact list automatically updates when you start a chat with a new person.
- Google Hangouts allows you to manually update your current status (ie. "I am in a meeting" or "Currently on leave"), however the ability to set your status to 'available', 'busy', or 'invisible' has been removed
Google Talk vs Google Hangout interface changes
Find out more about Hangouts
Google Hangouts not only promotes Chat, but also allows you to send and receive messages, make video calls and share your screen from anywhere, using any device.
You can start a Hangout on your computer and continue the conversation on your mobile phone or tablet. Or you can start a Hangout video call from Gmail, Calendar or your mobile device.
Please refer to the Google Learning Center to get started using Google Hangouts:
- Google Hangout cheat sheet (PDF)
- Start a Google Hangout chat or video call (Gmail, Calendar and Mobile device)
- Join a Google Hangout video
- Google Hangout - Share your screen