Google+ status updates coming to Gmail

Google+ status updates coming to Gmail

Google is slowly integrating a Google+ features into its acclaimed (not by me) Web-based e-mail service, Gmail.

According to Google Engineering Manager Mark Striebeck, Google is adding Google+ status updates into its Gmail people widget. Soon you’ll be able to see the most recent Google+ post (as long as it was shared with you) by the sender of whatever e-mail you’re reading–from within Gmail.

The Gmail people widget was introduced in March 2011–it’s a little widget that appears on the right side of whatever e-mail you’re reading. In the Gmail people widget is information about the person who sent you the message–including buttons for quick chatting, e-mailing, and calling the person, as well as recent messages they’ve sent you. If there’s more than one person involved in the e-mail chain, the Gmail people widget shows all of their names, which you can click on to get more info.

Striebeck says the new Google+ integration will simply feature the person’s latest Google+ status update–in between the convenience buttons and the recent messages. Of course, in order for this to work you’ll both have to be Google+ members, and the other person will have had to share his or her latest update with you.

In his Google+ post, Striebeck also mentions the name of the engineer responsible for this nifty new feature: Steven Bills.

Not gonna lie, this looks like it will be a small but convenient feature. Of course, for it to work Google will have to make everyone use Google+…

1 Comment

  1. bpaul1983

    January 2, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Guys, I say this is a guy and a lifelong, serious gamer; seriously now, stop being dicks. Think about what you’re angry about. Check your own privilege when you write about things. What Sarkeesian vlogs about is valid, and merely pointing out the fact (supported by overwhelming evidence) that female characte1 in games are often treated as nothing more than sexualised decoration to be exploited, should not make her liable to experience the sort of abuse she is receiving. Just stop being dicks.

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