Google is beginning to integrate Google+ posts in Gmail, starting with the Gmail people widget the company launched in May.
Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) stated goals for Google+ has been to stitch the social
network into the broad mesh of its Web services, and the work is well underway.
engineer has crafted a way to surface in the Gmail people widget the most
recent Google+ post that the sender of an email shared with a user.
Striebeck, an engineering manager for Gmail who promised Gmail-Google+ integration back in July
, offered a screenshot of this feature integration-code-named
"unicorn"-on Google+ Aug. 22
this is just the first launch-look out for more!" said Striebeck.
integration with Gmail is a big request for Google+ users, most of whom also
use Gmail. The idea of the social inbox has been hot since about 2008, when
Xobni stormed the market with its social inbox.
Outlook Social Connector feature is a key part of Outlook 2010. Google first
tried socializing Gmail with Google Buzz in 2010, and launched its Gmail people widget in May
display content from friends and other contacts within Gmail.
month put the following questions to Google+ users via a Google Docs'
spreadsheet survey form:
email features would make it easier to interact with Google+?
could we integrate Google+ features into Gmail?
can we integrate social concepts in Gmail to make the email experience
received some solid suggestions from early Google+ users, with the most basic
asking that users be able to post content to Google+ from Gmail, as well as
read comments that others leave on those posts from Gmail.
This isn't the
first Google+ marriage with other Google Web services. Google+ posts now appear in Google.com
results, and users may trigger Google+ Hangout video chats right from