How to set up a group chat in Google
This is a tutorial on how to create group chats using your Google Apps account.. There are two different ways to do this.
Manually Invite Buddy to Pre-existing Chat
Once signed in, make sure that you are in your mailbox. If you are not, at the top of your browser window should be a link for Mail (which is between Images and Drive). Click Mail.
To begin a chat with someone, go to the left side of your window where your contacts appear. Contacts that are online and available to chat will have a green circle next to their name. See the image below for a key to buddies' statuses.
You can hover over the contact's name to make sure it is the right person/email address.
To open up a chat with person, simply click their name. A small box will appear in the right hand corner of your browser window.
You have just started a chat with one other person.
If you would like to add more contacts to the chat, click on the icon with the person and the + sign.
You can then begin typing in the contact's name. If they appear in the drop-down list, just click on their name and then Invite.
You can repeat this step as many times as necessary to invite each contact into the group chat.
Create a Chat Lobby from an Email Thread
First, go to the email thread with all the people you want to add in a group. If there is no preexisting group, create one.
With all the people you want in the group on one thread, find the thread and go to the right-hand side where there it says People.
Click People and a list of everyone who is in the group will appear. Right next to "People", there will be a speech bubble.
Select the speech bubble and a chat box should appear at the bottom of your browser. You can add people into the chat later on by using the steps from the first option above.