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What do symbols next to names in chat mean

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What do symbols next to names in chat mean christalrocks 9/16/09 5:59 AM
There are colored symbols, orange, green and grey next to names under the chat column what does each color mean?  Confused between the green circle symbol and the orange circle symbol.  Also how do you make folders to pull your email messages in to save them?  Roxanne
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean dwight.stegall 9/16/09 7:37 AM
why not read the help pages http://www.google.com/support/
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean bkc56 9/16/09 9:57 AM
From a gmail help page:
  • Contacts who are idle, or away from their computers, will have yellow colored balls next to their names.
  • Contacts who are busy will have red colored balls next to their names.
  • Contacts who are offline will have grey colored balls next to their names.
I'm not sure what the orange means, but I see it on myself when I'm signed in, but have been afk (away from keyboard) for a long time.  So it might be some sort of "signed in but not active" indicator.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean bkc56 9/16/09 9:58 AM
Sorry about the above poor formatting.  It looked nice when I cut/pasted in the info, but the formatting all got lost.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean graphixsw 10/10/09 8:41 PM
What does the orange ball mean?
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean gravi_t 10/11/09 12:54 AM
orange = idle (not active)
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean c.pergiel 10/12/09 7:44 AM
I think maybe orange and yellow are the same. They just look different depending on your display.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean Jazz4Kurt 1/27/10 10:31 PM
I didn't find this on a search of help, is why I asked. On looking at this answer, I have some understanding of the intended meaning. It would clarify my understanding if I understood how Google was making the determination. Such as to what the difference between yellow that the answerer notes seeing while they see orange on their own chat when they have been away from the keyboard, but still signed in.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean annicaflow 3/22/10 11:23 PM
Sometimes within chat, I will see a friend not with a green circle next to his name but instead a green solid box with a solid arrow next to it.  What does that indicate?  It is not the phone icon that folks have talking about.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean Jazz4Kurt 3/23/10 7:59 AM
Idle not active is fairly straightforward, but what does busy mean? ...and what about all of the various symbols, and why not use a tooltip to show the user what all this cryptic stuff means instead of burying it in incomprehensible help pages?
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean gravi_t 3/23/10 10:59 AM
Jazz4Kurt,

All the symbols have been explained by bkc56 in his first reply.

"Busy" is a status you set yourself when you don't want to be disturbed. And Gmail status messages are the same as in all chat programs.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean Ballet girl 4/6/10 4:06 PM
I can't get the orange ball up. How do I do it?
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean gravi_t 4/7/10 1:50 AM
SOTD,

Don't do anything for about 5 minutes. The orange ball only appears when you are idle.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean todd_13 5/4/10 4:46 PM
the orange ball and the yellow ball are one and the same. that means idle, which means online but not active. green means available, red means busy, and grey means signed out.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean ehkucera0 5/23/10 8:17 AM
I have not seen the answer to annicaflow's question:  What does the green rectangle with the green triangle mean?  It would be helpful if the status menu showed the different symbols instead of just the color.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean Ballet girl 5/24/10 7:07 PM
ehkucera0, is it maybe some kind of thing with android? I'm not sure...
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean Jazz4Kurt 5/25/10 12:08 AM
Maybe every once a year or so, Google could actually respond to our questions.... just a thought.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean Ballet girl 5/25/10 7:22 AM
Good idea, Jazz4Kurt :)
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean gravi_t 5/25/10 11:39 AM
Maybe every once a year or so, you could actually read the answers that have been posted and react to those ... just a thought.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean Ballet girl 5/25/10 11:41 AM
Are you talking to me, gravi_t? Or who?
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean gravi_t 5/25/10 11:43 AM
No, I replied to Jazz4Kurt. I think your answers are quite alright.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean Ballet girl 5/25/10 12:02 PM
:) And what is the answer to annicaflow's question: What is the green triangle/ rectangle?
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean gravi_t 5/26/10 2:21 AM
I haven't seen such symbols myself, but I suspect it has to be something like you said: maybe an android thing, or a browser add-on, or a user script.

For example there is the "Green Robot!" labs feature that gives you robot-shaped symbols, so I think the rectangles and triangles are the result of something similar.

It would also help if we knew whether this is a browser-specific thing or Jazz4Kurt sees these symbols in different browsers as well.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean gravi_t 5/26/10 2:24 AM
OK, I just did a Google search. I searched for "green rectangle status gmail" and I clicked on the first result. And I found the answer to this question.

I don't think this is a difficult task, practically anyone could do it before coming here and calling us names.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean jstoutgator 8/28/10 8:20 PM
There are three shapes
1. Circle = signed in regular gchat
2. rectangle with triangle = signed into gchat with video chat capabilities installed
3. robot = signed into gchat via cell phone

There are three colors (besides gray which means not logged in and that will always be a circle)
Green = signed on (and likely active)
Orange = signed on and idle 
Red = this person has actually CHOSEN a status of "Busy"
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean aquariusfinancial 9/12/10 1:09 PM
Simply amazing that probably thousands of people have to format a search with the correct keywords to discover what the icons mean. The"curse of knowledge" means that once you know something, it can be difficult to imagine that someone else either does not know it, or cannot easily find the answer.

Providing an "key to chat icons" link in the Chat area is a no-brainer, would you agree?
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean hrocks 10/14/10 3:10 PM
RIGHT now im chatting and outta no where it says "____ is busy. You may be interrupting." ______ Means his/her name.
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean nellkreis 12/21/10 6:42 AM
Thanks justoutgator. An answer that is clear and makes sense!
Re: What do symbols next to names in chat mean katbb 1/1/11 11:39 AM
All my grey, green and red circles have stopped working.  I only get the robot now to the left of the name.  It used to show up with green circles that had a white arrow in it if a friend signed on to gmail.  Now nothing as far as the eye-shaped circles.  How do I get them back? 
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