[Rant] “I won’t use Google Hangouts, until it adds an invisible mode!” – Me

I am not using Google Hangouts because it doesn’t have an “Invisible Mode”. What did you do about it?

Yeah, you read the title correct. Yeah yeah, I am a huge fan of Google and I have made fun of people who uses alternatives for Google’s products and services, like when someone uses Bing instead of Google Search, or Yahoo! Mail instead of GMail – the list goes on and on. But ever since the replacement of GTalk with Google Hangouts, I have stopped using it.

Why? I am glad that you asked. Well, here is the thing. I really like to be online in Google Hangouts, but the biggest problem is people come to talk… err… chat with me in it! You are always more than welcome to pass me “Instant Messages” in it, but if you wish to have long chit chats with me, I am not your guy. You see, I am not that talky and when I am online, I am always doing something productive – like scrolling through 9gag, and umm… well… you know what I mean.

I am sure I am not the only one who has done this. Back in the day, when we had GTalk, I was always in “Invisible Mode”. My friends knew I do that. So if anyone wanted to contact me, they could’ve just sent a message and see whether I’d respond. If I did, I was online, if I didn’t, I was either offline or didn’t want to talk to them. But it isn’t possible to hide the fact that you’re online in Hangouts.

Have you faced this trouble with Google Hangouts? What did you do about it?

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