Google Announced New Gmail Features

Google is on a roll lately with announcements. They announced tools like Trends, Notebook and Co-op earlier this week. Today, they announced some new features for their Gmail service.

Gmail pictures allow you to put a face to a name, by showing user-selected pictures when you roll over a name in your inbox, Contacts, or Quick Contacts list. You can choose your own photo for yourself and for your contacts, suggest a photo for a contact to use, or see what your friends have selected for themselves.

Gmail pictures can be configured to show to all users who you email or who email you, or they can be limited to only those users who are able see when you’re online. You can see a full list of users who can see your online status from the All Contacts tab of your Contacts page â?? they’ll be listed with a colored ball next to their name.

In addition to Pictures, they have also added a sound to the in-browser Gmail Chat.

If you have Flash enabled on your computer, Gmail will play an audio notification for each incoming chat. Audio notifications are enabled by default, but you can always disable them.

This seems to be very similar to the sound notification used in Campfire, but I haven’t really heard it yet.

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