Will Gmail Be Writing Letters For Us Next? Suggesting Who To Add To Emails Now

Last week Google started rolling out their new email suggestion feature - put in one recipient and they will make suggestions of others that you may want to include in the email being sent. While handy, this service shows that Google is collecting information from the emails - to make the suggestions they have to keep track of who you email.

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Basically they only store associations of addresses included in sent emails and have yet to combine messaging sent between Google Groups and other similar groups. While the feature can be handy - three clicks instead of typing in names - my laziness should not promote potential privacy problems.

I am sure the police would love the feature.- can't wait for a TV show that catches the bad guy by using known Gmail associates. But I will be more impressed when I log in to Gmail and am told my email to friend was written and sent... and hey while we are at it Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics tells me something has changed my rankings and they start my Adwords spend.But with that information Google could tweak their algorithm to impact those most likely to spend more on PPC... nahhhh they wouldn't.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.