Now Google Chat suggests your friends

The Google Chat gadget from iGoogle’s sidebar started to show friend suggestions and they’re usually people you’ve emailed frequently. Google also shows a list of Google Translate bots that help you translate the messages from a conversation.

Another new feature lets you send some of your contacts to someone you’ve emailed frequently.

It seems that the suggestions are displayed even if you’ve enabled this option in Gmail: “Only allow people that I’ve explicitly approved to chat with me and see when I’m online”. By default, Gmail automatically invites to Google Chat the users whom you frequently email. “Gmail determines which contacts you’ll be able to talk to without having to invite each other.”

{ Thanks, Bogdan. }

Now Link Your Google Chat with Google Map

Another Interesting Feature in Google Chat.

When you type a link to Google Maps search results in Gmail Chat, iGoogle Chat or orkut’s chat box, Google replaces the long URL with the Google Maps query. Google Maps URLs are usually very long because they include a lot of parameters, but Google should do a better job at removing extraneous parameters.

“On the Gmail version of Google Talk, Google now shortens the links and makes them readable. For example, it changes the link:,+tx&sll=30.606817,-96.309929&sspn=0.050086,0.090895&ie=UTF8&hq=HEB&hnear=College+Station,+TX&ll=30.6128,-96.318512&spn=0.050083,0.090895&z=14 to a link where the text is HEB near College Station, TX,” noticed Korben, a reader of this blog.

{ Thanks, Korben. }