I've discovered a gray icon for the "invisible" status in the Gmail chat. I'm not sure that's new but it's the first time I notice it.
Obviously, we can end the "visibility" mode with the "You are invisible. Go visible" link, without having to use the drop-down menu.
I like this feature and I also like that Gmail doesn't allow to select the "iddle" status, since the "avaible/busy/invisible" trio is enough. The "iddle" mode is automaticaly put when the browser is inactive or used from another tab (to be confirmed).
If you are using Google Talk at the same time, then you would see this message and still be "visible":
Contrary to Live Messenger, you can stay "invisible" while chatting.
Pretty cool when working with en2zhbot.talk.google.com!
You can still chat in Live Messenger while appearing offline. Come on now.
I use Meebo ATM, if Google sync'ed its features between the three IMs (and you could add MSN, like with AOL) then I might be tempted to switch back.
I wonder why someone like to stay invisible and hope to see the others if they are connected or no ... cach
i only need available / busy ...
may it is useful for who like to play Hide & Seek online ;)
can you be invisible using aim through gmail?
How come this feature doesn't appear on Google Talk? :/
It isn't available for all GMail users, just as it always seems to be the case with new features in Google web apps. They may be still performing tests and/or it takes for the feature to be distributed across their server farms.
Anyone from Google to confirm?
It appears to work for me now. :-)
David: Invisibility used to be a feature when Google Talk first premiered. It was taken away shortly thereafter.
Here's Google's blog post on this now, I'll try ask them if this will also be rolled out for the Google Talk gadget (where I currently don't see it unfortunately)...
Nice nod to Ionut's point there!
Google's Jonas says: "We plan to make invisible available in all our Talk clients."
Thanks Philipp :D
The client isn't dead!
I think it is always better to discuss a topic in context with a particular build of software. My Google Talk also dont have this invisible feature so far. I am using 188.8.131.52 and which build you are talking about ?