) has announced that it will allow Gmail users to see e-mails in
their Web search results. Is this the next important evolution for
Google.com or has the search engine giant gone too far? The answer
may depend on where users receive their information. Some reports
have made it sound as if Google is going to allow the world to read
a user's personal e-mails. That is not the case.
According to Google's
, users' e-mails will only be revealed in their own private
searches. Thus, a user will have to be logged in for this feature
to work. Users will not be able to see e-mails that are not already
associated with their personal Gmail account.
What is the purpose of this feature? Amit Singhal, Senior VP of
wrote a blog post
explaining why the company has added Gmail results to Web search.
"[Suppose] you're planning a biking trip to Tahoe, you might see
relevant emails from friends about the best bike trails, or great
places to eat on the right hand side of the results page," Singhal
wrote. "If it looks relevant you can then expand the box to read
Those who wish to try the new feature can sign up at
. While Gmail currently serves
more than 425 million users
, Google is currently limiting the new search function to just one
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