Many of my coworkers in the CNET offices and I have been testing out Google Talk today. After a few hours of use, it's becoming evident that Google Talk, just like the cell phone, is a soon-to-be-ubiquitous technology that deserves its own set of etiquette rules. The following guidelines are a start.
|Use Google Talk to save money on your phone bill.||Use Google Talk as a hair-care product.|
|Wear a headset when you're using Google Talk in a public place or at the office.||Leave your headset on when you're getting a hat-size measurement or showering.|
|Use Google Talk's open-source protocol to chat with GAIM, Trillian, and iChat users.||Forget to use verbal emoticons ("I am smiling") and acronyms ("I am laughing out loud") while you're using Google Talk.|
|Position your computer's microphone so that you can speak at a normal volume when using Google Talk.||Position your computer's microphone 12 feet underground and yell at it through a bullhorn.|
|Encourage the person you're talking to speak in a robot voice, as eavesdroppers will think you have a futuristic voice-enabled computer.||Glue a laptop to the side of your head and use it as a Google Talk face mask.|