Orkut recently launched a built-in chat feature which makes it much easier to hang out with friends online and makes a whole lot more fun. It's always great to come across a little green 'available' bubble next to the name of a good friend, finding friends who are available to chat on orkut hasn't been as straightforward as it could have been.
To make it easier to connect with all of your friends who are online, orkut launched an orkut chat roster. This new roster shows you all of your contacts who are signed into Google Talk, whether through orkut, Gmail, iGoogle or the Google Talk application. If you want to chat with any of them, all you have to do is click on their names directly within the roster.
No matter where you go on orkut, the chat roster sits neatly on the left side of your orkut page. You can easily customize the size and organization of your chat roster. Play with its look and feel by clicking on the 'options' tab. Of course, if you ever get tired of seeing who's signed into chat, you can also minimize the roster (or sign out of chat entirely), with a single click.