Google+ Instant Messaging Bug Getting Fixed
The Google+ social network integrates with Google Talk instant messaging. However, some users have detected flaws that let users peep others instant messaging conversations.Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) said it is rolling out a fix for a quirky bug in the integration between Google Talk and Google+ that can give users access to the instant messaging contacts and conversations of other users on shared computers.
Google Talk is the search engine's instant messaging client. Google+ is the new social network that has racked up 25 million-plus users since its launch in limited field trial June 28. Users may initiate chat conversations in Google+ similar to the way they do in Gmail.
The bug is squashed when the second user signs out of the Gmail account because the session vanishes. While serious in theory, the flaw is minor in practice because it's only triggered when the right user scenarios align; not everyone is sharing computers or has multiple Google accounts. Google recommends that users log out of their accounts when sharing their computers.
Still, it's a good reminder of how Google+ is ripe for bug detection. Within hours of launching Google+, Google heard complaints from users about not being able to control whether their posts were reshared. Google now lets users disable resharing before they post on Google+.
"There's going to be bugs in our product," a Google spokesperson told eWEEK. "This is why + is still in a field trial. We want to catch these bugs before we open the floodgates to the whole world."