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Is it possible to view the hidden (invisible) online friends in Google Talk?

I heard that it is possible in Linux through the GtalX client software, but I don't know whether that information is correct?

Any other observations on this?

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Really Sorry Kronos! me accepted the great answers ..Won't repeat this again from my side. – Renjith G Oct 16 '10 at 17:46
Why the moderator flag? Moderators do not ensure questions get answered. Please do not flag a question because it didn't receive a response. – BinaryMisfit Oct 16 '10 at 20:49
then why that flag is active in my account/question ? – Renjith G Oct 16 '10 at 21:00
It's not active, question was flagged, for some reason. It'll go fade in few days. @Renj – Sathya Oct 18 '10 at 5:23

There are a bunch of posts which say this is possible using this method:

  • Set the chat as off the record with target user. This can be done only when the other user is online.
  • Now try sending chat to that user when he is invisible or offline.
  • If he is invisible, then he will receive chat.
  • But if he Is offline, then you will receive error “ did not receive your chat”.

Caveats include:

  • I haven't tested this
  • You need to have had a chat with the user without having closed the chat window.

Personally, I don't see why this is needed. If the user's offline, send an e-mail.

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