The Vulcan mind meld between AIM and your Gmail buddies is in effect - though it doesn't appear to have been officially announced. Sending a message to a friend on the other side is just as easy as we'd hoped.
If you're on Google Talk, just throw an IM to (name of awesome friend)@aol.com. If you're using AIM, shoot an IM to (LYLAS forever, whatever)@gmail.com Ta da! Your pal will be asked to authorise the IM, but once you get the OK, it'll be like you guys are using the same service, more or less. Options like image transfers won't be possible, but you can blab back and forth as much as you want. [Pidgin via Electronista]