Just a few random thoughts about Google Chat. Since use my Gmail account for quite a bit of communication, I find that I’m nearly always logged in. Well, because of that, I use Google’s Chat a lot. Generally, in other chat clients, I tend to never log my conversations — but just today, I was wishing I had and found that Google does. I’m not sure what I think about that — personally. On the one hand, it was really handy having an archive of this conversation — while on the other — there are many potential areas for abuse. I realize that you can simply delete conversations as you would any email — but I’m not sure I like the direction Google has been going lately. In the past, Google took a very hands off approach to software and feature development — essentially forcing users to opt in when giving up information. However, that’s seemed to change to an opt out model. Its a small change — but a big one.