Many users are using Gtalk inside Gmail account while checking there emails but many of us dont know that gmail also support Aim ,i.e users can also chat with AIM users using there gmail account but the condition is that your language is set to English (US) and that you’re using the latest version of Gmail, currently available with a fully supported browser.
Gmail chat now offers the option to sign in to your AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) account to chat with your AIM buddies from Gmail. Your AIM buddies will populate your Contacts list, and are searchable just like your Google Talk contacts.
Chatting with your AIM buddies is easy — just click on a name in your chat list, and start typing.
Note that an AIM account is required to use this feature. AIM in Gmail is not a Google Talk and AIM federation; it’s the ability to sign in to your AIM messaging account from Gmail. Gmail uses Open AIM to provide this feature.
How to Use AIM Inside Gmail – You’ll first need to sign in to Gmail chat. If you’re not already signed in, just click Sign in to chat from your Chat list. If you don’t see your Chat list, make sure that you haven’t selected turn off chat Gmail view, at the very bottom of your page.
Once you’re signed in, just click the down arrow next to your status message and select Sign in to AIM. If this is your first time connecting, you’ll be prompted to enter your AIM screen name and password. Click Connect to continue.
Some of your AIM buddies will appear in your Chat list, and the rest are accessible from the Search, Add, or Invite field. Just click a contact to initiate a chat session.
Signing out Just click the down arrow next to your Chat list status message, and select Sign out from AIM (your_screen_name)