If you want, try using the button below. I think it lets you call anyone in the US or Canada if you have a microphone and speakers. If you know my phone number, you can try calling me :)
Small businesses can publish their own phone numbers next to their own buttons like this one, giving potential customers a mind numbingly easy way to call when they otherwise might be too lazy to pick up a phone.
I set this up using Google Voice's handy widget on a tip from Ryan.
This post is for bloggers and small businesses that want to make themselves more accessible than most and perhaps impress their readers. To make this work, you will need
Just like that, you've got a Google Chat button that allows web visitors to instantly message you as a "Guest" without signing up for Google Chat or any other messenger. As the poster, you will not know who your reader is since they have not logged in to any accounts. Likewise, your reader will not know your email address. The benefit here is inspiring potential customers or readers to reach out when they otherwise might not.
I recognize this technique is more advanced than some other postings but still consider it "intermediate" in that you only need to copy and paste code, not write your own.
UPDATE 10/4/2010: Feedback on this one is coming in fast and furious. Thanks to Ryan U. for bringing this Google VOICE widget to my attention.
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