Google Talk/VOIP Being Integrated Into Orkut

Posted Nov 4, 2006

Google Talk and the Orkut development teams are currently working on integrating features into Orkut that encourage advanced communication between Orkut users. Users would literally be able to “talk” to each other and instant message each other. Although I may stand corrected, I believe that this will be the first social network in which instant messaging will be integrated as well as VOIP.

“We noticed that a lot of people that were using Orkut also had their GTalk client open at the same time,” stated Courtney Hohne, a PR manager at Google. In the free standing Google Talk client, Orkut friends will be able to look at each others’ availability status on their Google Talk buddy lists. Google Talk has already been integrated into GMail and Docs & Spreadsheets.

“In typical Google fashion, we started out building GTalk out as a downloadable application,” stated Mike Jazayeri, a product manager for Google Talk. “With GTalk we want to build a real-time communications infrastructure that enables new user scenarios in other applications.”

Orkut was launched in 2004 and is named after its founder and Turkish Google software engineer, Orkut Büyükkökten.

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