There are so many Google birthdays these days that it's hard to write about something else. First, Sergey Brin's birthday, today Blogger turns seven, and tomorrow Google Talk will have one year of existence. So I decided to create a calendar to keep track of the most important Google events.
What's a birthday without a small change? Customize Talk found a nice Easter egg: if you change the date of your computer to August 24, Google Talk's logo will change. That means more than 44,000 users will have a big surprise tomorrow.
One year ago, Google Talk's Chad Thornton wrote:
"Designers rarely get to work on their dream projects. When I was researching instant messaging in grad school, the prospect of designing a new instant messaging product was fanciful at best. When I came to Google, the odds improved a bit. When I became the designer on Google Talk, it still didn't quite seem real until we launched today.
Google Talk is far from perfect, but it's a start, and we chose to start with simplicity. Big plans are in the works, but for now I'm enjoying it for what it is. Hope you do too."
I think it's on the right track.
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