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Google Reader enthusiasts have likely already noticed that Reader has now integrated with Google Talk to make your shared items available to your Google Talk friends inside Reader and vice versa. That means that whenever you share an item in Google Reader, that item will automatically pop up in any of your GTalk friends' Reader accounts under the Friends' shared items section. This is a simple but brilliant tweak to Reader, bringing your friends' favourite items into your Reader account without any work from you; if you don't care for the content a friend regularly shares, you can choose to selectively hide friends.

Reader and Talk are Friends!

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Not only did Google add coloured labels to Gmail today, they're rolling out AIM compatibility in chat, too. The new AOL Instant Messenger support lets you log into your AIM account to chat with your AIM buddies right inside Gmail. Not sure yet if your AIM chat history is stored in your Gmail account the way GTalk convo's are. Update: AIM chat history does indeed get stored in Gmail. Rock! We're not seeing it just yet, but being an AIM over GTalk user, I'll keep refreshing till I do. To try it out you've got to be using the new version of Gmail in IE7 or Firefox 2. Sign into Chat and hit the Options menu to see the "Sign into AIM" option. Any readers out there get AIM in Gmail yet? Let us know how you like it. Image via Zoorgloob.

About AIM in Gmail Gmail + chat + AIM = crazy delicious

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Use Twitter Timer, a simple bot program to send yourself reminders through Google Talk. Technology blogger Amit Agarwal has written up a very simple how-to that takes you through exactly what you need to do to accomplish this; for instance, I just set up a reminder to take my youngest to ballet today. For even more productive ways to use Twitter, try reading the Big Juicy Twitter Guide.

Set and Receive Task Reminders in Google Talk with Twitter Timer

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If your Google Talk contact list looks anything like the never-ending list in the video above, you probably haven't set Gmail and Gtalk not to automatically add people you communicate with using Gmail to your Friends list. Weblog Digital Inspiration explains how to tweak this setting and then clean up your already littered Gtalk contact list. You can either manually remove every contact you don't want by hand or go the Gtalk bankruptcy route by exporting all of your Gmail contacts, deleting every Gmail contact, and then re-importing them (details in the post). If your unwieldy contact list has made it impossible to find a contact you actually want to chat with, Digital Inspiration's bankruptcy method could be the ticket.

Google Talk Friends List Getting Out of Hand? Try Bankruptcy