Google Search Results Can Pull From Your Gmail Now

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Google's going to start showing you relevant information from your Gmail when you perform a regular old Google search soon. But you can try it out now before it's official.

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Your email is basically a huge repository for information that you need. That's where you store travel itineraries, party details, package tracking numbers, phone numbers, and countless other important bits of data. If you enable the trial, Google will pull relevant information from your emails and display it alongside your search results. Researching an upcoming trip, for example? Your airline confirmation email will pop up in a right-hand pane.

With the launch of Knowledge Graph earlier this year, Google's whole approach to search changed. Folding Gmail into search results fits right in with the new mantra. Before, Google wanted to provide you links to information. Now it wants to scrape the sources and provide you with the information itself.

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It's a further uniting of your Google identity, which could be seen as a further depletion of your privacy. But Google heading this direction is inevitable, so the best we can all do is maybe sit back and enjoy the benefits while doing our best to forget the creepy negatives.

The trial is limited to users with @gmail.com email addresses, and it will only be available on Google.com in English. If you sign up and you don't like it, you can later opt-out of the trial. No word on when a wider roll out might show up. [Google via The Next Web]

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marioaguilar
Mario Aguilar

I like that this is so practical. It basically cuts your searches in half. Check it out the potential:

Flight info: Rather than search my email for my flight number and then googling the flight number to find out if it's on time, I can just search once and get all of the information at once.

Tracking online orders: Same as above, just search once, and Google can pull the tracking number and tell you where it is.

Concert info: Rather than search my email for a concert time, and then doing a separate search for the a map of the venue's location, Google could serve them all to me at the same time.

Basically, a lot of the stuff you Google is stuff that you just searched your email for so it makes a lot of sense—from a practical point of view anyway—to streamline the searches. Obviously, not everything will be totally as awesome as I envision it right away, but yes, please ,I like.