I posted a snarky Twitter message about not wanting to spam the people following me with the features I'm now missing from GTalk, but I now really want to track them so...
Features that are now missing
- Outside IM clients can no longer send messages to Google+ (aka GTalk, aka GMail) users
- Outside IM clients can no longer receive messages from Google+
- Presence updates to/from outside networks not allowed
- Invisible status is missing
- Unable to block other Google+ users from seeing my status
- Contacts are now in whatever order some silly person at Google thinks is accurate/friendly/useful instead of the at-least-it's consistent alphabetical order
- The only way to remove someone from the active Contacts list is to ... wait for it... block them!
ok, so it's not the 15 that I said on Twitter but it's still damn annoying
EDIT: ok, so I may have been a bit harsh and in a really cranky mood when writing the above - here is a post from the G+ conversation where some of the community members correct me ;)
So it could be that I'm just reacting poorly to some really bad coding and/or product management - don't get me wrong, i'm still irked.
I just may be restructuring and changing my reaction over the next couple of updates.
Thanks to +Fernando Miguel for pointing that out.
- +Ben Eidelson May 15, 2013
- +Daniel Rose currently those settings affect who causes invites to you, not who shows up for you to send messages to. Once you start using Hangouts for a few days the list should re-order based on who you are contacting most often.
- +Thomas Heinen Thanks for your report of the issue. Hangouts supports basic interop with XMPP, so you can-for the time being-continue to use 3rd party clients. It does not work the same way as Talk, and so I believe the issue you're having with the XMPP bridge will not resolve in Hangouts.