[Ed. Note: For the record, I discovered this by accident, and don’t particularly intend to use it unless absolutely necessary.]
While circumventing your workplace’s chat policy is never necessarily a wise thing, if your office place blocks Google Chat, you can (partially) circumvent this to allow Google Chat with folks in your Google+ circles.
To do so:
- Sign into Google+.
- On the
hometab, you should see a notification about being able to chat with your circles.
OK, and your contacts will appear on the home screen with standard gchat-like indicators.
Some things of note so far:
- Your friends’ job titles take the place of chat statuses within Google+ chat