Google+/Gmail Integration: Current Status & Giving Feedback

Google+ is already starting to seep into other Google services. Googler Mark Striebeck indicated that there are several Gmail-Google+ integrations in the works, and he wants your feedback on what else to build.

The State of Gmail-Google+ Integrations

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While somewhat sparing in the details, Mark Striebeck (Engineering Manager for Gmail’s front end) indicated that Google is “working on several Gmail / Google+ integrations.” Among other potential integrations, Striebeck is considering integration with the Gmail inbox, contacts, chat, and search, and ways that Gmail can “integrate social concepts […] to make the email experience itself better.”

Further, he’s stated that “I want to use the creativity and momentum here for some larger brainstorming,” part of which would involve getting on video chats through Google+ Hangouts with users who want to give feedback. While he had to give pretty strict limits to how many people he’d conduct these focus groups with thanks to a “crush of interest,” Striebeck is continuing to hunt for opinions. Check out the section “giving your own feedback,” below, for more details.

When it comes to modernizing the way we think of communication, “Google may help,” according to TechCrunch, which notes that the integration will help move us to a form of communication that does more than rely on “technology that is decades old.”

Giving Your Own Feedback

So, the way we think about messaging may be revolutionized. At the very least, major Google worlds will collide. How would you like to be a part of the brainstorming committee on the topic? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • You can visit either one of these two threads and leave a comment. Striebeck specifically indicated he’s reading these.
  • Pay attention to Mark Striebeck on Google+, since he’s likely to have more video feedback sessions in the future.
  • Message Striebeck on Google+.
  • Fill out this convenient Google Docs suggestion form.

Have an absolutely brilliant idea? After sharing it through one of the modes suggested above, leave a comment telling us all about it.

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