Make a conference call via Google Talk
Submitted on August 27th, 2005 by Martin FerrettiFiled under Networking and Windows and Audio and Tips, Tricks & Hacks and Software
Those of you who’ve tried out Google Talk know that you can make voice calls with the application. Unfortunately, you can’t make conference calls, one of the complaints about the new application, or can you? Here’s a quick tip (ok, more like a hack) which will let you make conference calls using Google Talk.
I cannot stress enough how much of a hack this is, so if you don’t want to bother doing some work, don’t try it as I’m sure Google will add this feature later on. Google Talk allows the use of various parameters, one of them being /nomutex which allows running multiple instances of the application. We’ll exploit this to create our conference chain.
Open an instance of Google Talk.
Now browse to the Google Talk directory (C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk) and create a shortcut for the application. Right-click the shortcut and in the properties change the target to C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe /nomutex then run this shortcut.
Get your buddies to open two instances of Google Talk, each (yes, with the /nomutex parameter as well).
Now you’ll need to form a chain: person one calls person two, person two calls person three, person three calls person one, and so on. Yeah, not very pretty.