Google talked up: Well, the rumors were correct, Google Talk is, indeed, an IM tool. But unlike when Google Maps were introduced, there’s not not much there there. Especially if you’re a Mac user. Even if there were something other than a Windows version, Google Talk is no iChat. Not by a long shot.
I’m with Staci, who rhetorically asks and then answers the question lots of people will be asking on Wednesday:
“Why is this such a big deal? In part, because of “Google Syndrome” — until the company flames out with a new service, each major launch will be treated like a potential second coming. Add in the magic acronyms VoIP and IM and you get the picture.
I’m sure this is merely a “first step” for Google in the “IM” arena.