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15 February 2006 @ 08:50 am
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Hey! That's bizare. A week or so ago coraa mentioned something about chatting in gmail, which is what prompted me to get google talk. Then a couple days ago ceph was chatting to me with it and said she was doing it out of gmail. I asked her how she did that and she said there should be a "contacts" menu on the left that i could use to start chats. I saw the "contacts" link but clicking on it just took me to a list of my contacts with no obvious way to start a chat. I tried looking in help and it said i should automatically see a "quick contacts" list that would let me do the chat. I had no such list, couldn't find any options to turn on such a list, and couldn't find any mention of anyone else having a problem with a missing list (using google of course =) So i just gave up and figured i'd worry about it later since i have the google talk client.

Then today when logging into gmail i got a login screen telling me about how i could now chat within gmail, etc, and when i clicked "continue to inbox" the "quick contacts" list was there! I wonder if they're doing some kind of incremental rollout or if there was just something foobared about my account that caused it to take longer than everyone else's to get updated.
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Desireemadduckdes on February 15th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
yeah, it has to roll you in. mark got it before i did. i was confused about why too.
Kirinkirinn on February 15th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Almost *all* Google features are done in incremental rollouts these days. It even happens with things like minor changes to the search results layout page - even for unregistered users it sometimes randomizes things (by IP maybe?).

There userbase is so insanely huge now that they'd probably be overwhelmed if they released something universally and then discovered a major problem. I suppose if anyone can successfully sort a million help requests, it's Google, but still probably something they'd like to avoid.

Actually, it occurs to me now that probably even more important the feedback is just the scalability issue - I for one sure wouldn't want to test some new code on a few hundred instances running at once, and then have the next step be a million instances, with nothing in between.
girl scoutsakurayasha on February 15th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
it confused me too, but now I am in love with G-mail ::mah sigh::
what I would like to know is, why did I get 100 invites when I signed up. but some of the people I invited got no invites at all? and other people I talked to got very few?
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 16th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
Did you get them right after you signed up? Cause everyone i know has 100 invites but they accumulated them over time after joining.
girl scoutsakurayasha on February 17th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
I got them the moment I signed up, now I have 90-something, I haven't gotten anymore.