What's so damn cute about google talk is the typical google starkness of it. Google's stuff is never cluttered up with crap, just elegant simplicity, which is why google is worth $3403045530 billion, U.S.
For instance, in GoogleTalk, there are no fancy colors to muck up the chat, no foo-foo templates of snowmen and the backstreet boys. No extra spaces or fancy "who's talking now" boxes. No real way to distinguish much of anything. It's just pure gabbing.
I especially noticed this when chatting with Mr. Paynter this evening. You can examine a fun game based on UI Simplicity that we played during some of our interchanges, which follow:
Jeneane: just type zappa
I want to see how it looks after your name
I think you should do that whenever you're on IM
Frank: you can call me muthah
Jeneane: LOL (really i am)
Jeneane: s n beans
Frank: s 'n beans
Frank: Great minds.
Jeneane: i'm blogging it.
Jeneane: ly, scarlett, I don't give a damn.
Frank: laughing here too
Frank: okay... I'm not allowed to have this much fun.
Jeneane: guess this was the pinacle of google talk.
you do it
Jeneane: thank you