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Anybody using Google Chat? What's your experience with this? http://chat.google.com/

Just curious.

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siddxxvii's avatar
a year ago

Yup at my company we use google chat, and honestly it gets the things done. All basic things you want is there and pretty smooth and fast. You can create groups (private and public both). Send instant video invite on chat (pretty handy feature for remote teams). Plus chat has some integrations with apps like jira, zendesk etc to send notifications and groups (very similar to slack but on basic feature set) .

So I would say its pretty good and reliable chat/communication tool. I have used Slack as well and yes slack is super good in terms of feature but lets be real it decreases the productivity but with google chat you get basic features and no productivity loss of your team.

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@imaginedesigner (replying to @siddxxvii )
a year ago

Productivity? Could you please explain?

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@siddxxvii (replying to @imaginedesigner )
a year ago

Alot of senior management people in organisation feels Slack is like Facebook but for work, people talk more about other topics rather than work related, which I agree honestly, i have used slack for approx 2 years in my previous company and sometimes it felt more social networking rather than work networking. Recently moved to a new company and they used google chat and honestly i hated it at first but then i released that people actually talk work rather than other topics. But thats my personal observation after using both slack and chat. And like said on my first comment google chat has all the basic feature set like integration for third party applications which can be super handy and useful.

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maguay's avatar
a year ago

Our team uses Slack, so I’ve only used Google Chat for testing on a previous team, back when it was called Google Hangouts Team Chat. At that time it felt like a simpler Slack, and I remember thinking the best thing about it was that it was easy to use Hangouts—but our team had already switched to Zoom, so that wasn’t really a benefit.

So I just tried it out again, and ... the focus on threads is interesting. Every channel makes you either reply to an existing thread, or start a new one, presumably to keep things focused and organized. That reminds me more of Twist, the chat app from the Todoist team which is also focused on threads.

Otherwise, I think the core advantage of Google Chat would be similar to Microsoft Teams: Google Chat is deeply integrated with all things Google, so if you use Docs and Drive and Hangouts, it’d fit well (much as Teams fits into an Office 365-centric workplace well). Being able to select docs to share right from Google Chat’s chat UI would be nice to have in Slack—though then again, odds are I’d still just copy the document link and paste it manually as I do now in Slack.

The name is also confusing, since Google has had so many chat apps, and “Google Chat” sounds like a more consumer offering to me.

@imaginedesigner, are you using Google Chat yet?

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@imaginedesigner (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

Yes, we are using Google Chat now. But I don't like it (I think it's the design, I haven't figured out what exactly is the problem). Also, can't switch :(
There are no multiple images send option (I think that's a major feature).
Drive integration, which is nice.
No "scene" option. But it is there in the Hangout.
I'm not a fan of Thread, but I like the concept. It's very hard for me to find some messages later.
Also, there is a global and individual search - great, but there is no up and down arrow to find exactly what are we looking for.
There is a special option like "Forward to Inbox", I have to say this, that is very helpful in some cases.
Not a fan of their app in Windows 10. It's 150 MB now. Slack is 75MB, and Discord is only 59MB (No minimize to tray option when I used 4 months ago - I uninstalled, it's better to keep in a tab now)
They are providing Hangouts and Chat for GSuite customers. But no Room and Thread option in Hangouts.
Their bot feature is great, if we link it with the Drive, we will be notified whenever someone shares something with us.

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@maguay (replying to @imaginedesigner )
a year ago

Being locked into an app you don't like using is frustrating. Somehow I feel like teams choose to use Slack, or they use Google Chat or Microsoft Teams simply as a lack of choice, as the thing that's bundled with their office suite.

Of all things, I'd have assumed Google Chat's search feature would be better than Slack given that search is Google's forte. Alas, in-app search is still generally terrible in most apps.

Interesting on the file size: Slack is 185MB on the Mac (presumably using far more space for cache). Not the worst problem or most uncommon thing today with Electron-powered apps being increasingly large, though with SSDs space does come at a bit of a premium.

Does "Forward to Inbox" send you an email of the chat thread? If so, that's fascinating—it's almost the opposite of the core idea of Slack et al replacing email.

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@siddxxvii (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

The first point is very valid, most of the team/organisation just get locked into suite bundle, this is one of the point my company uses google chat and not slack because its bundled with gsuite and also cost saving comes as another very important point.

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@maguay (replying to @siddxxvii )
a year ago

Yup. Both Google and Microsoft are replacing a bunch of other internal chat and video call tools with Chat and Teams, respectively, and that's bringing in a huge userbase that will use it just because it's the default in their existing bundle.

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