Google may add social networking features to Gmail: Report
New York: Internet giant Google is looking to
add new social features to its e-mail service, Gmail, in its
bid to compete with popular social networking sites like
Facebook and Twitter, a media report says.
"Google Inc is taking a swipe at Facebook Inc and Twitter
Inc with a new feature that makes it easier for users of Gmail
to view media and status updates shared online by their
friends," The Wall Street Journal said.
Attributing to people familiar with the matter, the report
stated that Google could announce the new Gmail features as
soon as this week.
The change adds a module to the Gmail screen that would
display a stream of updates from individuals a user chooses to
connect with, it added. It is a format popularised by Facebook
Last year, another internet major Yahoo Inc has added a
similar feature to Yahoo Mail which allowed users to see
whether friends have uploaded a photo to a site like Flickr.
The new stream would eventually include content that a
user's connections share through Google's YouTube video site
and Picasa photo service, WSJ said citing a person familiar
with the matter as saying.
Google's move comes after Facebook last week rolled out a
new design with a message inbox that more closely resembles an
email inbox like Gmail's. The social-networking company said
it had roughly 400 million users. Gmail had 176 million unique
visitors in December, as per comScore data.