Inviting someone to chat
When they've accepted your invitation, you'll see a status button to the left of their name in your chat list, which indicates whether or not they're available (green), busy (red), idle (yellow) or offline (grey). At that point, just click their name to send them a chat message.
To invite someone to chat:
- In the search box at the top of the Chat area, type in your friend's username. If they're already in your Contacts, Gmail will pre-populate their username.
- Click Invite to chat.
If you invite someone who doesn't use Gmail, we'll send an email asking them to sign up. Learn how to invite AIM users to chat.
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