Set your Google Talk Status as Idle

I’m a great fan of Google Talk for its simplicity. Nearly all my friends use Google Talk, and it always open stays in my systray. But one thing I don’t like about GTalk is that it doesn’t let me set my status message as idle. In many situations, you want to be online, but away as well, so providing an option to set our status as idle would have been incredibly useful.

gtalk_idle Fortunately, there is a freeware by the name of gAlwaysIdle which enables you to set your status message as idle. Once you install the application, it adds some extra settings to the right-click menu of GTalk icon in systray. You can choose ""Normal Idle", which lets GTalk decide when to set you as idle or "Always Idle", which permanently sets your status as idle or "Never Idle", which will prevent you from appearing as idle.

gAlwaysIdle has some problems running in Vista. You’ll have to run Google Talk in administrator mode, or else you’ll end up getting fatal errors. Hopefully, this bug will be fixed in the next release. It has been a long time since GTalk received any major updates. I’d like to see this feature build right into Google Talk (without installing any third party apps)

gAlwaysIdle Homepage | Download gAlwaysIdle [Mirror]

[Found on Life Rocks]

This post was published by on October 30, 2007

About the Author: Thilak Rao works as a Social Media Expert. He is one of the first professional bloggers from India, and he loves to write, travel and click photos. Follow him on Twitter @thilak

  • Anirudh

    Pidgin used to do the trick well for me with “Away” mode.

    but i’ve been using this for a while.

  • http://www.smackall.com Harishankar

    That was a useful tool which I was always searching for. Thanks.

  • http://www.nirmaltv.com Nirmal

    Thanks for the mention. :-)

  • http://www.whoisabhi.com Abhishek

    lovely tool mate !!

  • Vishal

    I tried to download but the directed link is no more available; If anybody could send me the plug in set-up file i ld appriciate that.

    my email id: hvishal@aol.in

  • http://mytechrants.wordpress.com/2008/08/24/look-im-idle/ Look! I’m Idle! « Tech Rants

    [...] [hat-tip: TechBuzz] [...]

  • Vishal

    I tried to download but the directed link is no more available; If anybody could send me the plug in set-up file i ld appriciate that.

    my email id: hvishal@aol.in

  • http://www.techcats.net/ Rajesh Kanuri

    Thanks for the share but unfortunately the galwaysidle site is not working.. :(

  • http://www.techcats.net/ Rajesh Kanuri

    Thanks for the share but unfortunately the galwaysidle site is not working.. :(

  • http://tech-buzz.net Thilak Rao

    Not sure about Gmail, but if you use any third party chat client like Pidgin or Adium, you can easily set yourself as idle.