Don’t Ask Me, Ask Google Talk Guru

There are few things more annoying than being asked a question that the other person could easily Google the answer for themselves. What am I, your research department?

That’s why the site Let Me Google That For You exists. But sending a LMGTFY link is kind of dick, though it can be hilarious if deployed successfully. (Here’s a good example.)

My approach to this problem calls for a lighter touch.

I’m going to tell everyone I know about Google Talk Guru.

I learned about this intriguing service from the Google Operating System blog. The Guru works in any chat client that supports Google Talk. Most of you are probably familiar with the Gchat software within Gmail, so I will be using that as an example.

To gain access to the Guru, simply invite guru@googlelabs.com to chat:

Soon enough, you should see the Guru online in your chat contacts:

Even if the Guru appears to be offline, he will probably still respond to your queries.

Now that you’re connected to the Guru, there are a variety of services he will provide for you. Most are basic information searches, but he can also perform some calculations. Read more of this post

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