Version two of my "Local Chat" module for the Google Personalized Homepage has just been released. Based on a lot of user feedback, a few important features that enhance usability have been added. One of these requests was the need for a list of cities and easy switching between them. This feature definitely gives the module a new level of usability -- in the past you had to guess where people were.
Another requested feature that was added is the ability to view the visitor count in locations at any given time. Opening the menu will now display the number of users in your current room, and the entire list provides a count of active users for each location.
If you want to test it out, adding this module to your Google Personalized Homepage is relatively simple. Go to www.google.com/ig and sign in if you aren't already. Click the "Add Content" tab at the top, enter http://base.google.com/base/items?oid=6247163394761210999 in the textbox and press "go". Update: Or you can simply click here.
If everything worked, you will be greeted with a screen that prompts you for a nickname and password -- entering an optional password will ensure nobody else can use your nickname in the future. If you have any questions feel free to drop me a line.