Gmail New Features To Compete Facebook

Google is gearing over to give serious competition to Facebook, Twitter and other networking websites. The search giant's free electronic mail service
Gmail is reportedly projecting to have Gmail to a greater extent social by allowing users to change status updates with friends and share Web content links.

According to a report in Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the change will bring a faculty to the Gmail screen that will show a stream of updates from people a user chooses to connect with.

These status updates are required to eventually include content shared by a users' Google contacts through other Google properties, such as YouTube and Picasa.

Soon, Gmail users can only place a short message about their status through its Chat system, which is linked to Gmail.

Last year, Yahoo too added a similar feature to its mail providing users to find if their friends have uploaded a photo or put a new staus message.

Gmail has been trying to incorporate social features in different ways. Google users can chat via Jabber or AIM, make video calls, and send SMS messages from Gmail's web interface.
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A report in Financial Times says that Google will shortly go holding a press conference at its Mountain View, California, office to show off the new features.

Google is still far and away the No. 1 most-visited website, with 173 million US visitors in December, according to measurement service ComScore Media Metrix, up 16% from the previous December. But Facebook is short behind. The social network was the fourth-most-visited website in December, with 111.8 million visitors, up 105% from the prior year.

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