Google is continuing to shine a brighter light on Hangouts users who are currently online. A few months ago the company brought back the green dot that used to mark online contacts in the days of Google Talk (which was replaced with a subtle green line in Hangouts). Going forward, the messenger in the web version of Gmail will contain a new tab that puts online contacts at the top. It's still possible to message friends who are offline, they're just tucked at the bottom where they're out of the way.

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Many of us have contacts we want to keep at the top of the list regardless of their online status (a significant other, a good friend, maybe even a parent), so Google has also added the ability to pin people there. Just right-click and select the option.

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This isn't the experimental Hangouts experience we discussed a couple of weeks ago, but it's still something new. The feature is rolling out over the next few days, so you may not have access to it just yet. I don't. Give us a holler in the comments if you do.

Source: Google+