Gtalk adds Invisible Mode

Google Operating System blog reports addition of Invisible mode in Gtalk. The blogpost says ” Now you can be logged in to Gmail Chat and see if your contacts are online, but they won’t be able to see you’re online.”

Invisible on Gtalk

However, this feature is available only with new version of Gmail and if you are simultaneously using the desktop or any other flavor of Gtalk, your status change wont happen ūüė¶

Gtalk Invisible on Gmail

[Via : Google Operating System ]

I really wish this feature turns up on Gtalk desktop client as well.

[Update] Now Gtalk over gmail also allows Video and voice chat. Read Gmail Launches Voice and Video Chat.

Also read: Gmail Launches Voice and Video Chat.
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How-To: Listen Internet Radio in your GTalk,MSN/Live IM or Yahoo IM


Yes, this is true. Google Talk/Yahoo IM/MSN/Live IM can be used to listen to Internet Radio as well. This is possible using GTalk2VoIP service.In order to do so, all you need to is follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Add to your contact list. In case you are not comfortable with adding a contact in your IM, the other way out is to go to and enter your details in the Subscription form to get an invite.
  2. Send RADIO command to to get list of available radio stations, remember a numerical ID of any.
  3. Send RADIO ID command to service to get connected.
  4. Accept incoming call from the service.

Fig: Chat conversation as listed aboveGtalk radio

For Google Talk users: Google Talk users can invite radio station contact into their list of contacts by adding a contact like: (i.e. When contact appears online, press Call button to connect to the radio station.


100 РKickin’ Country (Todays Best Country!)

101 1.FM – Country

102 Atlantic Sound Factory – ASF Radio

103 100.7 Jack FM, San Diego

104 102.7 FM The Fringe

105 – The Buzz (Your Alternative Station!)

106 РThe Mix Channel (70s, 80s, 90s and Today’s Best Music)

107 – The Eagle (Your Home For REAL Classic Rock!)

108 .977 The 80s Channel

109 1.FM – Channel X, Hindi Radio

111 Radio Helsinki – 92.6 MHz

201 KCRW World News

202 Sporting News Radio

203 KPFK РSouthern California’s 90.7 FM News, Talk & Music

204 WBUR 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR News Station

205 TalkRadioX

206 Arabian HIT 96.7 FM, Dubai

Try it out and do share your views.


iGoogle: Make your own Gadgets.

iGoogle gadget’s are the talk of the town these days. With more than 25,000 gadgets available for iGoogle, the¬†plethora of choices is sometimes overwhelming.

However, there are times, when one doesnt actually get the gadget of choice. To cater to this, Google has a Gadget creating wizard  which allows user to create his/her own gadget, using seven templates, including ones for photos, a countdown, lists, You Tube and more. You can check it out here.

Go on and create your own Gadgets. Also, do let Technofriends know about your favorite iGoogle Gadgets.



Step by Step Guide for Creating Google Custom Search Engines

Tech publisher O’Reilly has come out with a nice write up on making a dynamic search engine for the topic of choice. The write up is essentially a step by step tutorial for creating Google Custom Search Engines.

[Excerpt from the website]

What Is a Custom Search Engine?

A custom search engine (CSE) tells Google which sites to search and which to avoid when dealing with a search query. This makes it much easier to get specific, guided answers to questions about a specific subject area. If you create a CSE you can use your expertise in a subject to control where Google looks for information about that topic. And you may even make some money in the process, because the custom search engine returns AdSense advertisements with each set of results. If you have an AdSense account, then the revenue from those advertisements can go to you. Don’t get too excited, you’ll probably get less than a few dollars a month from AdSense unless your search engine gets really successful.

You can tune this list of sites over time, adding and removing sites from the list. This makes it easy to improve the results based on the queries entered by people who are using your custom search engine.

Here’s an example of a custom search engine for Bermuda. The editor of this CSE has chosen 80 sites that are worth searching to produce results about Bermuda that help him and others. So, if I love scuba diving and I search on this site for the term “scuba tours,” I get results that are about scuba tours in Bermuda. If I used the normal Google search page, I’d get over 2 million results and I’d spend much more time looking for Bermuda-related scuba touring information.

A properly built CSE returns search results intended for specific audiences or areas of interest. It’s important to get the search engine name and description right so people don’t get frustrated when trying to use it. And then the rest of the work is deciding where to search. Later, you can organize the results into categories to help fine tune the results, but that’s an optional step you can skip when you’re starting out. It may sound like a lot of work, but you can actually create a new custom search engine in minutes. You’ll see how in the next section. Later, I’ll show you how to tune the CSE interface, site selection, and results.

[End of Excerpt]
This tutorial will not only help you get the most from your personal search engine. Go out and read more on this here



Google Acknowledges Orkut Bug

It gives me great pleasure that the effort I had put up in writing about the bug on Orkut has got results.

I received the mail from Google today appreciating about the post and would like to share this with you.

Hi Vaibhav,

My name is Tanushree Baruah and I work for the product and marketing
teams at Google. Recently, someone pointed out a blog post on a new
orkut bug here:

I am writing to confirm whether you are the author of this post. If
you are, then on behalf of the orkut product team, thank you so much
for bringing this bug to our notice.

As a token of our appreciation, we would like to send you some Google
goodies. Could you give me your shipping address so that I can make
arrangements to have these delivered to you? Also, it would be super
if you could let me know what your Tshirt size is.

Thank you. Stay Beautiful!

Tanushree Baruah
Spam/Product teams, orkut
Google Online Pvt Ltd

Its really heartening to know that people at Google are taking up the bug.

Also read:Uncovered: Serious Orkut Security BUG

Cheers to Technofriends,


Google Adsense : Roundup

Just thought of bringing out the Google Adsense related stuff from the archives for new readers. Hope you would appreciate it. This post is mainly centred around my previous posts particularly on Google Adsense. The posts below are marked as hyperlinks and can be accessed easily by clicking on them. In these posts, i have either tried to link or find the answers to some of the many questions often asked about Google Adsense.

Changing the Font Type and Size of Adsense Text Links is Allowed

How does Google knows if you are a Adsense client and clicking on your own ads?

Google launches Click Fraud Website



Gphone: Is it coming?

I talked to one of my inside sources at Google today. He spoke on conditions of anonymity, but the guy is someone I trust implicitly. He said that he was baffled at Google’s apparent internal confusion on the GPhone issue – that they’ve actually demo’ed the thing in public before.

He said that the Google (applications) Suite is going to play a huge role in the usability of the GPhone, and the thought process behind it’s functionality is less about beating the iPhone and more about beating the $100 Laptop, which provides a huge clue behind what will be the pricing structure on this. more>>