Google to test out Gmail results in search

Google's Gmail service is already being used by the company to generate ads based on the emails the user gets in their inbox. It's a practice that's frowned upon by many people, including Microsoft. Now it looks like Google will be expanding how it uses Gmail in another of its businesses.

AllThingsD.com reports that Google will be conducting what it calls a "limited field trial" that will enable some Gmail users to have their emails show up when they use the main Google search service. People who want to participate in the trial can sign up at Google's website.

People picked for the trial will see emails from their Gmail account appear to the right side of the Google.com page when a search result is typed. Users can choose to collapse the Gmail results if they wish.

Sagar Kamdar, director of product management for universal search at Google, admits that adding Gmail results in a search thread has to be safe and secure. He also says that Google would like to work with other email providers to incorporate their programs in Google search results. Kamdar added that Google is looking into adding search results from more of Google's businesses, including Google Docs, Calendar, and the Google Drive cloud service.

Source: AllThingsD.com | Image via Google

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virtorio said,
For the record, I'm implying that I don't want to be able to search my inbox when I'm doing a Google Search because I think it's a) a waste of time and b) a security risk.

You'll be able to turn it off, guaranteed.

still1 said,

right side of the search box there is a dropdown icon... click on it and select inbox...
it will only search inbox

Sarcasm detector fail.

How the hell would my e-mail be relevant to my google searches? If there was anything I read in my e-mail related to what I was searching for, I'd already know it and well... not be searching for it.

Shiranui said,
Do no evil, Google. Just sayin' ...

If you could explain how this would be evil, I'd be happy to listen. People spout this "do no evil" crap every time Google makes a change that they don't like. Just because you don't want it doesn't make it evil.

Majesticmerc said,

If you could explain how this would be evil, I'd be happy to listen. People spout this "do no evil" crap every time Google makes a change that they don't like. Just because you don't want it doesn't make it evil.

It makes you cool on Neowin. You should give it a try.

"Do no evil, Google."
"Do no evil... yeh right!"
"Google is evil!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111"

Just pick any variation of those three, and you'll fit right in to the derp brigade.

Shiranui said,
Do no evil, Google. Just sayin' ...

Damn Google! Forcing you to volunteer for a trial whereby searches you voluntary conduct on Google.com returned results from their email service which you voluntarily registered for.

Curse you Google for offering to do something with all the data I voluntarily give you!

devBrian said,
Oh goody, this will help when I'm trying to search for 'penis enlargement'.

Don't type viagra whatever you do, the screen results will be scrolling from now til doomsday!

One more reason for Giants to look into your personal data and privacy
One more reason to switch to user friend Outlook.com as alternative to user friend Gmail Interface

Choto Cheeta said,
One more reason for Giants to look into your personal data and privacy
One more reason to switch to user friend Outlook.com as alternative to user friend Gmail Interface

Yeah, Microsoft aren't interested in your data at all [rolls eyes]

thommcg said,

Yeah, Microsoft aren't interested in your data at all [rolls eyes]

ms does not build profile as they are not a data mining company, so no, it's not the same business at all

Security concerns seem somewhat misplaced, if you're already signed in then all anyone has to do is click the Mail link on Google.com anyway.

Perhaps a bigger issue would be where someone is with you at the time you choose to search. Presumably you'll be able to toggle it as you can Search plus Your World.

thommcg said,
Perhaps a bigger issue would be where someone is with you at the time you choose to search. Presumably you'll be able to toggle it as you can Search plus Your World.

Never mind, not an issue either. You'll have to click to view, they won't just appear.

this is the biggest crap i heard for a long time... tell me, if i want to search in my inbox why would i want to see web results and vice versa, if i want to do a web search what good does it do to see a limited number of inbox hits?

are they trying to link what email you read before a search or the other way around to build more detailed profiles? because the feature does not makes sense

Edited by deleted_acc, Aug 9 2012, 2:41pm :

How absolutely... horrible. If I want to search email, I search email. Jumbling my gmail into results? Makes no sense to me honestly. Should go the way of Wave and Buzz. Seriously, dumb idea.

This is not a big deal. This will only happen if you are logged in to your Google account at the time you search. If you are already logged in then anyone using your computer just has to click "Mail" at the top of Google and they can access your GMail without a password (you are already logged in).

Showing them as part of the search results is the same as clicking "Mail" and searching that way.

With that said, I would like an option to disable this feature. I don't see a need to have email results display next to web search results - I would rather search them both separately... but some people may find it useful.

kdg said,
This is not a big deal. This will only happen if you are logged in to your Google account at the time you search. If you are already logged in then anyone using your computer just has to click "Mail" at the top of Google and they can access your GMail without a password (you are already logged in).

Showing them as part of the search results is the same as clicking "Mail" and searching that way.

With that said, I would like an option to disable this feature. I don't see a need to have email results display next to web search results - I would rather search them both separately... but some people may find it useful.

clicking on "mail" presumes deliberate action while using the websearch isn't... but the biggest problem that the feature is utter nonsense; i mean you say it yourself, you'd rather search separately... now be honest and show a scenario where this feature can be seen as "useful" :-)

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