New Google+ notification abilities added to Gmail

Yesterday, Google announced that its social network, Google+, will now feature a more integrated experience with its e-mail service, Gmail. The new integration features will allow users to directly interact with notifications from their Google+ account in Gmail.

According to a blog post by Zohair Hyder on the company's official Gmail blog, Google+ e-mails in Gmail will now be interactive, allowing users to directly respond to Google+ comments while in Gmail. Hyder outlines the additional features as follows:

  • You can view, comment on, and +1 posts from inside your inbox
  • Your comments appear in the Google+ stream in real-time, and
  • Responses from others instantly appear in Gmail, as part of the notification message

Google+ users who use a non-Gmail e-mail service will still be able to reply to Google+ notification e-mails, which will allow them to respond to Google+ comments.

The update will be rolled out over the next week to Gmail users who have a Google+ account, according to Hyder's post.

Google+ was launched on June 28, 2011, and saw an influx of users in the coming months. Since then, however, Google+ has seen its active user base decline significantly. Earlier this year, the social network was surpassed by Pinterest as the third most-popular social networking site. Google+ reached the 100 million user milestone in February and the company launched a redesigned version of Google+ in April.

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The reason no one is running to Google + is because they forgot the golden rule of a successful social network: Don't be better than the big networks, be DIFFERENT. Cover something that FB and Twitter AREN'T doing. THAT's how Pintrest and Tumblr have gained traction.

This really ****ed me off when they started emailing me out of the blue.

Now I have to log into g+ after 5 months of not using it just to disable features.

Y0 dog I herd you love Google, so we put more Google into Google so you can email while you notify!

I know, I know...its old.

The secret to making a product successful, push it down the throats of the people using your other products. When people don't use it, force your way in!

There would be more interest in Google Plus if they didn't try to force it down our throats. If I wanted Google Plus in my Gmail I would opt-in.

I hope they get the hint soon and start marketing it for the tech (like they have done with other products), not by throwing it in your face.

Simon- said,
There would be more interest in Google Plus if they didn't try to force it down our throats.

Smacks of desperation. G+ was still born, much like google wave and all their other "social" experiments.

I can't do the research at the moment, but how many people regularly use Gmail? I would imagine that it's quite a high number, so perhaps bringing some form of integration between Gmail and Google+ will breathe some life in to the social network?

Seems like a clever workaround for people in the workplace as they usually ban social networks. Does Facebook have this ability through email ?

oceanmotion said,
Seems like a clever workaround for people in the workplace as they usually ban social networks. Does Facebook have this ability through email ?

No! But yes you can reply to the posts if you have specific notifications activated in your account. Anyhow, it is not as integrated as this implementation.