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Google Talking in the iChat Theatre

On 04, Feb 2008 | One Comment | In Apple, User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

Ever wanted to play some video remotely for a friend over chat, but think .Mac is Apple’s worst invention since Phil Schiller’s mullet? Well you can if you’re a Mac user with Leopard and have a Google Mail account!


Simply enter your Google account info into iChat Preferences, invite your similarly-configured friend to video chat, and you’re off.

The first time I tried it, I showed a friend travelling overseas the intro to the season premiere of LOST he had missed.


View enlarged. If that ain’t glee, I don’t know what is.

It also works with things less exciting than season premieres like images, and PDF files, etc. I have not gotten it to work with screen sharing yet, although video and audio chat has worked since at least Tiger.

TIP: If you had a .Mac account back when Apple promised, sorry strongly implied, that e-mail would be for life, it may still work in iChat. Mine does. If yours does, you’ll be able to do a few things you can’t do with your Gtalk account like File Transfers.


  1. Garvan

    Would it be a stretch to assume Mark is saying, “Oh my God!”. (or is he warning everyone, “Not Penny’s boat!”).

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