Google has developed its own chat platform, to completely replace the old Hangouts platform.
Google’s chat platform works in a similar way to Hangouts, but with some improvements that keep it up to date.
The company has also added a range of additional features to the platform to suit all its diverse uses.
Use group chats
Google Chat provides you with two options to talk with more than one user at a time, where you can create chat groups or chat rooms.
You can also access the two options by pressing the + sign in the application, and then choose what you want.
The biggest difference between Google chat rooms and Google chat groups is that the rooms are more for business and corporate use. Across rooms, you can direct tasks to individual users, as well as share files and reply to messages online.
Automatically delete old messages
You can turn off the history feature or save messages to the platform, and this causes messages to be deleted after 24 hours of sending them.
You can also access this feature by pressing the down arrow in the conversation with the user and choosing to close the history and save the chat.
Activate automatic replies
The platform’s automatic replies function works similarly to the automatic replies to Gmail email.
You can activate this option by pressing the gear sign in the interface of the platform on the computer, and then activate the automatic responses.
This feature also suggests a group of responses based on the messages you receive, so you can write your responses faster.
Accessing Google Chat Shortcuts
The platform includes a lot of keyboard shortcuts, like all other Google applications.
You can access a list of all these shortcuts and how to use them by pressing the Shift+? in the keyboard.
Of course, you also need to memorize these shortcuts and what they stand for in order to be able to use them easily and quickly.
This feature is similar to Slack which allows you to interact with messages via emojis.
You can also access it by clicking on the message you want to reply to or standing over it for a few seconds on the computer.
After that, you will find a list of emojis that appeared in front of you and you are able to interact with messages through emojis.