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Google is rumored to be working on a Facebook/Twitter-like feature for Gmail. According to the Wall Street Journal, who cites "people familiar with the matter", the feature, which would "make it easier and faster" to share status updates may launch as soon as this week.

As I’ve written about a number of times, Google is really one big social network with a bunch of features, and integration is the key to harnessing that social power. A product like this could be just the ticket, because according to these same sources, it would integrate content shared through YouTube and Picasa. Who knows what else could be worked in?

Gmail Status Updates Gmail currently has status updates of a sort. In the chat section, it has a menu of your contacts who also use Google, and shows their current status of they have one set. You can set one easily at any time.

Google has not yet responded to requests for comments, but if we learn more, we will keep you updated.

If Gmail offers its own Facebook/Twitter-style timeline, would you use it? Should Facebook and Twitter be worried? Share your thoughts.

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  • http://www.sitebyjames.com James

    I don’t you are going to be able to pull people out of Facebook and into Gmail.

    Let’s face it… Gmail is really only popular with the uber tech crowd. Facebook has a significantly more diverse user base.

    I don’t even need the statistics to know it…

    Good Luck Gmail… Maybe you can beat out Hotmail someday…

    • Chris Crum

      All Google has to do is put a link on google.com.

      • http://www.sitebyjames.com James

        That’s what they did with Chrome… If you look at Google Trends… Friends Connect, Google Wave, and Open Social all failed to take off…

        However Gmail was revolutionary at the time. It offered more space. That’s about it.

        I think at the very least, Google would have to offer something revolutionary… By the time something revolutionary presents itself, I think there will be enough people screaming anti-trust or concerned about their privacy to simply avoid them.

        Look at MicroSoft vs Open Source.

        MicroSoft simply had better and much easier product more often then not but people simply felt the need to keep things in the public domain.

        I don’t think Google will be able to do that. Facebook has Titan, and Mozilla is working on Raindrop. Maybe one of those will beat out Google?

        • Chris Crum

          It’s really hard to say, but it is going to be a very interesting space to watch.

  • http://www.visionvirtuelle.ca Adam Sofineti

    @James Not so long ago, on there were mostly geeks on Facebook too. Unlike other social networks, Facebook managed to diversify its user base, and tap into new markets, that were dominated by other social networks.

    @Chris Chrome has a link on the Google homepage and on YouTube, I’m still surprised how slow they are in their take off, taking in consideration how badly IE sucks.

    Google was messing around with social networks before, there is Orkut.com that is far from being a stellar success in North America or Europe. Google Wave, that is not a social network, more like an online collab tool, had a rough start last year. The decision to give access to it only by invitation, was not to bright and the lack of users led to lack of action. Except a few Waves, most of them are not updated since November last year.

    Will they manage to compete with Twitter or Facebook, hard to tell. Twitter is far from being perfect, apart from the flying whale, there are many things lacking, still it’s the place to be, just as Facebook too. No wonder all the brands are in a hurry to get on them.

    I think the success of a social network is very unpredictable and it can’t be guarantied by trowing money at it, or getting the best ad spot in the world for it. Will this rumour prove to be true, I’m curios to see what they will come up with.

  • 6knowspring

    Well, if the feature is just some extension of the status feature on Gtalk then it would probably only be useful to closed circles of users. The ability for users to follow large networks of users (who aren’t necessarily friends) seems to be the benefit of Twitter. I wouldn’t want to have a huge messy list of random people on my Gtalk.

  • http://www.lexolutionit.com Maneet Puri

    Even though Google is a mega giant on the WWW, I dont think it has the potential to displace Facebook or Twitter reason being

    a) It would have to come up with a full fledged social networking platform that includes all the key features.

    b) It would have to earn a trusted following of people. And with most people already having established profiles on FB& Twitter, a loyalty change would not be very easy.

  • Fayyaz

    Looks like there is finally someone coming up to give hard time to Facebook. Everyone is so excited to experience this new age of social networking. The best part of the product is that its owned by Google who already enjoy a great credibility in the internet arena.

    Checkout mind-blowing images and couple of impressive videos on:

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