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GMail now has Chats archive link.

hmm gotta watch what I type now ;-)

     
7:20 am on Feb 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A chats archive Label has appeared in my GMail...

And a link explaining it... [mail.google.com...]

7:35 am on Feb 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Goodness...does the internet need to archive everything!
8:01 am on Feb 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I like it.
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yup i like it too
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Google is to integrate its popular e-mail service with instant messaging, allowing users to chat and send e-mails from the same web browser window.
The company hopes the new feature, known as Gmail Chat, will attract users by offering instant messaging without having to use a separate program.


[news.bbc.co.uk...]
3:51 pm on Feb 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Goodness...does the internet need to archive everything!

Exactly - Do you really want Google (or anyone else) to have your private conversations on file for as long as they feel like keeping them?

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>> yup i like it too

sure you do--until you find out that Google has every conversation you ever had stored for life. If I want to save something, I will do it myself, no need for google do so. Needless to say I don't trust Google when it comes to privacy at all. I don't think that "delete" means delete for them; it just means "keep it, but don't show it anymore."

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Is there an expectation of privacy using any IM, email, or overseas phone calls?
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It's just a quicker version of e-mail. I don't see the big deal. If you're scared of privacy issues, log off the Internet. There is at least one copy of every file you see on the 'net.
8:14 pm on Feb 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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ErolinDesigns,
I see. So once we sign on we give away all of the rights, right?
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It's not available to me yet but it looks sweet. I have always thought a more 'instant' email would be nice, rather than having to exchange 10 emails with someone when it's really a 1 minute conversation that is needed. You can turn off the archive option so if you don't want it saved then don't save it, no biggie.
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google says:

"We know that sometimes, you don't want a particular chat, or chats with a specific person, to be saved. Most existing IM services give no indication of whether the person you're chatting with is saving your conversation. But when chatting in Gmail or Google Talk, you can go "off the record," so that nothing typed from that point forward gets saved in anyone's Gmail account.

Going off the record applies to individual people, and is persistent across chats. That means once you go off the record with a particular person, you will always be off the record with him or her, even if you close the chat window, and the two of you don't chat again until several months later. You will not need to go off the record each time you chat with the same person, but you will need to make this decision for each person you chat with. We've designed this to be a socially-negotiated setting because we want to give users full disclosure and control over whether the person they're talking to can save their chat. Learn more"
[mail.google.com...]

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Walkman,

No. That's not the point I'm trying to make. The point I'm making is that with or without Google archiving chats, emails, or even searches - your privacy is relatively obsolete on the 'net. There are so many tools out there that can help anyone find out nearly anything about someone. Phone reverse lookups, file type hacks, etc.

So Google is archiving your IMs. If you don't want them to have it, then don't use the service. I think it's simple. If there are enough people believe that the service can put your privacy in danger, then there won't be as many people using it. Soon, no one will use it. When there's no demand, the product will go away.

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walkman i read on the page
You can decide right at the outset to save chats in your Gmail account, but this can also be turned on or off in "Settings." And when you're chatting, use "Options" to go "off the record."
5:03 am on Feb 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Finally a useful features/tool by Google...and look at the irony, the stock is down!
2:31 pm on Feb 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You guys dont think that AIM and YIM are archiving everything you type? At least Google is being up front about it and gives you a useful feature to use.
10:19 am on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Is it possible to connect to those networks from GTalk... The chat clients I use at the moment do and auto save already. The real bonus for me would be centralising all my chats...
11:30 pm on Feb 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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When you say "block" does that block all incoming email from that contact or is that for chat only?
9:30 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Will they ever stop somewhere or we will end up searching our files on Google?
 

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