Gmail is making it easier to create or join a Hangouts with friends by grouping those who are online currently together so you know who to initiate a conversation with if you need an instant response. The change, effective today, will now show a separate tab when you log into Gmail on the browser to show those who are online so you can instantly gab, chat, or start a video conversation. Additionally, you can pin favorites as well, making them easier to access.
"In this new tab, friends who are online are shown first, followed by those who aren't," Google announced in a post on Google+. "Plus, you can also now pin your favorite contacts (you know, your mom, your BFFL, or your crush) to the top of your contact list."
At least this way, when you don't instantly reply to friends' chat messages on Hangouts, they'll know you're just not online rather than giving them the cold shoulder.
If you send a message to a person who is not presently online, the message will still be delivered and the person can view the message the next time they log into Hangouts from any terminal, including on phones and tablets.
Does this make Hangouts easier to use to know who's online currently? Let us know what you think of the change.