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Help me turn off animation in Google Hangouts

I use Google Hangouts to chat (initiated from Chrome, on a Windows desktop). When I type "hahahaha" (as I do, because I am nonstop fun) some little animals come across the chat widget and dance around. When I type happy birthday, they appear with a birthday cake. This was whimsical once, and now it is soul-crushingly twee and intrusive. I can't figure out how to turn them off, in settings or via Google searching. Anyone done this successfully?
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Feb 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Google Hangouts, you are a mess.

How do I absolutely, definitively, and completely sign myself out of Google Hangouts in every single possible location that I'm signed in? Or: how do I actually get notified when people chat me and I'm not online? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Mar 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Replacement for GTalk with similar functionality?

Ideally, I need a windows client and/or browser interface, an android client, and an iOS client. I would like synchronization (to be able to change devices and continue conversation cleanly). I need a standard chat log. I would love the chat log to be on an online platform so it can be easily downloaded/forwarded/searched. [more inside]
posted by erisraven on Oct 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me understand the new Google Hangouts service.

For a unified messaging service, I am a little confused. [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

A Gmail/Google/GTalk chat alternative

It's an old cry now - to get out of Google's claws. Mail, calendar and everything. However, I always find one thing missing. Chat is never talked about. As a matter of fact this one is the difficult most. You need to have added all those chat contacts and they in turn have had to added you(approved) you back, unlike email where you just need to fine an email and the receiver gets it unless you were specifically blocked. So, let's discuss how to release our chatting app/service free from the claws of Google/Facebook/Skype &c and still be able to: [more inside]
posted by amar on Mar 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Jabber on my apple devices

Is there a native way to communicate get googletalk to talk with IOS devices? [more inside]
posted by edman on May 5, 2012 - 4 answers

How to create a "Chat With The Site Owner" widget?

What is the best way for a web developer to create a custom "chat with the site owner" widget? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Feb 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Better-quality voice calling, complete with silences and breath sounds?

Is there any VOIP or other audio-chat-over-the-internet software that doesn't massively compress the audio and flatten quiet moments into complete silence? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Aug 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Sharing photos with multiple people in chat program

I usually use Google Talk, and sometimes I drag my photos into the chat window, which allows the other person to view the photo. However, Gtalk doesn't allow multiple party chat, which is a pain because I sometimes want to show pictures to more than one person at the same time. Which chat programs allow you to drag-and-drop photos into the chat window while speaking with multiple people?
posted by shoyu on Sep 26, 2010 - 5 answers

What is the most reliable connector from Yahoo Messenger & MSN Messenger to Google Talk?

I have an Android phone and using Google talk to chat with my friends. I want to connect my Google talk to MSN Messenger and Yahoo. Do you know a good and reliable connector that I can use? I know there are other clients such as Ebuddy/Meebo, but I prefer Gtalk since it is very reliable and I don't want the battery life to suffer by using another app. I did some Google search, many instructions and lists are outdated.
posted by bbxx on Sep 23, 2010 - 4 answers


In my Gmail sidebar contacts list, a contact shows up with a greyed-out "Invited" next to their name. Does this mean that I have invited them to chat, or that they have invited me to chat? I still have the "invite to chat" option available, and I can't remember if I did send a chat invite. Thanks in advance, hivemind.
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Apr 4, 2009 - 4 answers

I'm Only One Googler

I have a gmail account that I use in my personal life. I also have a google talk (gtalk) account that I use for work. They're two different usernames. Is there any way to combine them under a single google username, preferably the name I use for my gmail account? [more inside]
posted by Amy Phillips on Sep 28, 2008 - 11 answers

Gmail chat problem

What is wrong with my Gmail chat? [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid on Jul 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Down, Google, down!

Help me cope with the GTalk / Gmail chat-popup-madness. [more inside]
posted by humuhumu on Mar 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Am I being paranoid or is this a common glitch?

Uh... I'm a mac user, on adium. When I log into gmail via browser, the chat option within the browser doesn't work. So besides the fact that someone else might be in my email account, is there any reason I'd see myself pop up in the gtalk list of my Adium account? I've used adium for a long time and this is the first time this has happened. I have never given my password away to anyone, and just want to see whether this anomoly has happened to anyone else, or advice as to how I might look into this.
posted by margaretlam on Jun 29, 2007 - 9 answers

How can I extend GTalk's idle time?

How can I extend the Google Talk's idle time status change? [more inside]
posted by Leech on Feb 23, 2007 - 6 answers

When function keys go bad

Is it possible to totally or selectively disable keyboard shortcuts in Google Talk? A hyperactive F11 key likes to initiate unwanted voice calls. Irritating!
posted by pullayup on Dec 13, 2006 - 4 answers

Can I get away with IMing at work if I stick to Gtalk?

Chat-at-Work-Filter: In my line of consulting I end up working at a number of client sites where the client's IT department has succeeded in convincing management that Instant Messaging is the devil... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2006 - 25 answers

Make my gtalk/gmail play nice with Firefox...please...

Gtalk (embedded in Gmail) is not playing nicely with my FireFox (v. When any conversation box pops up, it makes the scroll bar disappear on the right. As if that weren't enough, it teases me by popping it back into view every few seconds, and the conversation box flips back and forth by about the width of the scroll bar - kind of like the page is trying to reload the scroll bar every couple of seconds. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Oct 11, 2006 - 6 answers

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