Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) plans to add new
social features to its Gmail service that include the ability to share
"status updates" and recent activity on third-party services with
contacts, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the
Expected to be introduced as soon as this week, Google hopes to bring
Gmail’s 176 million users some of the same features they are accustomed to
seeing on sites like Facebook, which recently passed 400 million users.
might look like a minor feature advance, but this is another blow in the war
against Facebook," Jeremiah Owyang, a partner at technology consultancy Altimeter
Group, told The New York Times.