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OCTalk

This is the home of information and help with OCTalk, an instant messaging system powered by Google. You can get more information about using OCTalk directly from Google's website here.

OCTalk on the Web

When you log in to your OCMail account, along the left-hand side you'll see a small box labelled "Chat". Add your Oberlin contacts by clicking on Add Contacts in the bottom right and type in their e-mail addresses. When you're logged in to your OCMail account, you'll automatically see whether any of these Oberlin contacts are also logged in. Simply double click on the name of one of your contacts to send an instant message.

OCTalk Web Settings

To view the possible settings for OCTalk, such as whether the application automatically logs chat transcripts or uses sound to notify you when you have a new message, click on Settings in the upper right-hand corner of any OCMail page and click on the Chat tab.

Combining your AIM and OCTalk Contact Lists

OCTalk can connect to an existing AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) screen name and display those contacts. To do this, click Options in the OCTalk chat box, then choose Sign in to AIM. Enter your AIM screen name and password and you can begin chatting with your existing AIM contacts.

Web-Only Features

Show Videos and Slideshows

When you copy a link from YouTube, Google Video, a Picasa or Flickr slideshow and past it into your chat window, your recipient will be able to play the video or show directly in their chat window. They can choose a link called Play and view the video right there.

Chat With a Group

When you're using OCTalk's in-browser chat application, you can invite many users to chat at one time. When chatting with someone, choose Video and More at the bottom of the chat and select Group Chat. A drop-down menu opens and displays your Friends list. You can click a name or type in an e-mail address to invite them to the chat.

Using OCTalk With Your Favorite Chat Application

Great news! Any chat application for Macintosh or Windows that can use the Jabber protocol can connect to OCTalk. (Note: currently Google's GTalk client, which you can download from http://google.com/talk, does not support Oberlin's OCTalk system. We recommend using any of the following stand-alone, desktop chat applications instead)

Adium

Under the Adium menu, choose Preferences. On the Accounts tab, click the plus sign in the bottom left-hand corner of the window to add your OCTalk account. In the drop-down menu, choose Google Talk. In the GTalk ID field, type your entire OCMail address (e.g., jdoe@oberlin.edu). Then enter your e-mail password. Then click OK.

iChat

Under the iChat menu, choose Preferences. On the Accounts tab, click the plus sign in the bottom left-hand corner of the window to add your OCTalk account. In the drop-down menu, choose Google Talk Account. In the Google Account field, type your entire OCMail address (e.g., jdoe@oberlin.edu). Then enter your e-mail password. Then click Done.

Digsby

Under the Digsby menu, choose MyAccounts. Click Add IM Account in the upper right-hand corner. In the drop-down menu, choose Google Talk. In the Google Account field, type your entire OCMail address (e.g., jdoe@oberlin.edu). Then enter your e-mail password. Click Save.

Know how to set up OCTalk on a client we don't have listed here yet? E-mail wikimaster@oberlin.edu and we'll add yours!

Voice and Video Chat Using OCTalk

You can use voice and video chat using the in-browser version of OCTalk by installing the plugin located here (http://mail.google.com/videochat). Additionally, if you have a desktop chat application that supports voice or video chat (e.g., iChat), you can do voice or video chat with other OCTalk users or from your OCTalk account to many other major chat protocols.

If you are logged in simultaneously to a personal GMail account and to your OCMail account, OCTalk Voice and Video Chat may not be able to detect your camera or microphone settings properly. Log out of your GMail account to continue using OCTalk Voice and Video.

Client-Only Features

There are a few features that you can't use if you're only using OCTalk in your browser window.

File Transfers