I prefer to see my chat window in a larger view. To make it easier to see the chat, enable the LAB called RIGHT SIDE CHAT. To do this:
Click the gear icon in the upper right, then select Settings
Once you have the right side chat enabled, click by your name and you can select a message you would like people to see. If you have selected a picture for yourself, when you chat, people will see your picture.
Before you can chat with someone using a Google Chat, you'll need to invite them by following the instructions below.
To invite someone to chat:
- In the search box at the top of the Chat area, type the persons name. If they're already in your Contacts, Gmail will pre-populate their username.
- Click Invite to chat
Once they've accepted your invitation, you'll see a status button to the left of their name in your chat list, which indicates whether they're available (green), busy (red), idle (yellow), or offline (gray). At that point, just click on their name to send them a chat message.
You can send someone a chat even if they are busy. Remember that chats are saved and archived just like your Gmail.
Chat is awesome. Give it a try. I'm waiting to be invited to chat!