Watch Out Hotmail: A Closer Look At Gmail Contextual Gadgets
Andrew R. Hickey
The Gist contextual gadget for Gmail pulls together information from anyone in the "from" or "cc" e-mail fields in Gmail and places a profile at the bottom of an opened e-mail. The gadget delivers contact information and updates, lets users request profiles to build connections and searches across contacts with the goal of helping users prep for meetings, make introductions and better connect with contacts through related information and context.
Gist says it generates updates for individual and company profiles with information culled from social networks like Twitter and Facebook, more than 20 million blogs and more than 50,000 news sources to tie data together into Gmail.
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