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Is Gmail Going Social?

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This is the question posed by tech writer Sam Diaz ZDNet in an interesting article today at ZDNet.com.  According to the article, which you can link to here, Google plans to unveil a new feature in Gmail tomorrow.  The new feature will allow users to update their status messages the same way they do on Facebook or Twitter.  This may sound simple, but Diaz raises the possibility that this may be one more step in a larger move by Google to fully integrate the way we communicate online.  Out with old-fashioned email communications, and in with a “full-fledged communication suite” that will ultimately include email, instant messaging, online collaboration, and social networking.

We shall wait and see – in the meantime, tell us what you think of the new, more social Gmail once it is unveiled tomorrow.  Do you like the new features?  Is this just a step toward more integrated communication options?  Is this part of a larger move to bring Google Wave into the mainstream?

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