Google issued a blog post today describing updates to Gmail and Google+ that will entwine the two services very closely.
If you open an email from a Google+ user, there latest G+ posts will appear next to the email. And of course you'll be prompted to add them into your G+ circles if they aren't already. You'll be able to search, sort and filter emails by circles, and no doubt send using them too.
More than ever, the Two Rules of Social Media will be critical: 1) don't be a dick and 2) remember everything is public on the internet.
And remember mistakes do happen all the time - how many tweets have you sent out with stunning typos introduced by your iPhone AutoMistake function? Yep - all the time.`
The Contacts component of Gmail - for so long such a pitiful comparison to Outlook's Contacts - will embrace a whole new level of smarts, lifting profile changes your circle friends make to their profiles and automatically reflecting them in your Gmail Contacts entries!
It's these sort of close linkage opportunities that may well end up seeing G+ overtake Facebook, and why Facebook is scrambling so fast to pad out their service to include an email alternative.
In many ways, these changes could really help streamline your personal data management. And for that reason, many people will embrace them.
But there will be an enormous gotcha lurking just beneath the surface of these "improvements". You'll have to be eternally vigilant with your privacy settings to ensure you don't accidentally share personal information any wider than you intend. And we can expect to see the likes of today's Charlie Sheen "oops" happening a lot more.
Don't get me started on the other new option - sharing your photo attachments straight from your emails to your G+ circles (or the world!) with just a click or two - the mind boggles over where that could end up. See how close the Share link is to the View link? Almost designed for disaster...