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Chat with invisible people on Gmail / Google Talk

The “invisible” status on Gmail has a little weakness. As the talk box says:

XYZ is offline. Messages you send will be delivered when XYZ comes online.

Thus an instant message is delivered as soon as your friend is online. Which means that if he already is, he’ll get your IM right away, even if he’s hidden. Even better, the IM will pop in as if he was normally connected. I.e. with the little “gloong” (or whatever you may call it) noise if the Gmail window is in the background – and provided he set the sounds on, of course.
And the very best, if you friend just starts typing, you’ll get notified by the usual “[XYZ] is typing…”.

So, enjoy Gtalking your “offline” friends 😀
And when you want to stay really invisible, don’t place your cursor in the reply box…

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