The biggest advantage is you can add AIM Buddies on GTalk that also without your AIM id.This AIM and GTalk integration is not new.Google and AOL have been working on the integration part recently.Initially, it was required for any GTalk user to have an AIM id in order to chat with AIM Buddies using GTalk.In Gmail Settings, in Chat Tab users used to provide their AIM id and password in order to integrate between GMAIL and AIM account.Now users can directly add contacts to Gmail Contact list.If you have been using AIM and Gmail lately then you need to check the AIM Import to Gmail plugin.
Now you can add your AIM Buddies directly into your GTalk chat list .You just need to add their complete screen name or username. eg: ABC@aol.com into the chat window and select ‘Invite to chat’ option in chat window.
This AIM Gmail integration makes process far more simple than before.Now you don’t need to give any separate login credentials for AIM.However I see one big disadvantage in this feature.Initially users were given an option to login into AIM account for chatting with AIM buddies and if users logout from AIM , still user can chat to Gmail Friends.Now with this integration I doubt if we can restrict our chat only to Gmail users and be offline only for AIM users.
Have you tried new integrated feature of AIM and GMail chat.What’s your take on it? Do you refer this new feature or previous one was better ? Do share your opinion.