Gmail Improved Google+ circles Integration, Quick access to Contact; Google Decrease in YouTube Subscriber Counts Due to Removal of Inactive Accounts

Email is becoming more about the people sending them -- today, Google introduces changes that continue to bring people front and center in Gmail, that include quick access to contact details when viewing past conversations as well as improved integration with Google+ circles.Now, when you search for an email address, the search results will show […]

Email is becoming more about the people sending them -- today, Google introduces changes that continue to bring people front and center in Gmail, that include quick access to contact details when viewing past conversations as well as improved integration with Google+ circles.

Now, when you search for an email address, the search results will show you contact details in addition to that person's profile photo and the emails sent from and to them. From here, you can start a chat, call their phone and more. Plus, if your contacts have a Google+ profile, this information will stay up to date automatically, the The Gmail Team explains.

Gmail Quick access to contact details from Google+ profile

You can get to these same results in a variety of ways including from the people widget, contacts and the chat list search menu.

In addition to adding contact details to search results, Google made improvements to the circles integration. "When you select a circle, you'll now see profile photos of people in that circle at the top right of the page. Plus, when you click on these images you'll be taken directly to search results with contact details," the team said.

Gmail Improves circle integration and circle search

Gmail Circles now supported in search and filters

Finally, Circles are also now supported in search and filters. "Find messages from a specific circle by typing circle:[circle name] in the search box. You can also find mail from any of your circled contacts by searching with has:circle. You can refine your search even further with other criteria and create filters based on circles. This means you can now view all the unread emails from your 'Friends' circle or automatically star every message that comes from your 'VIP' circle," Gmail team adds.

Decrease in Subscriber counts is due to removal of inactive, closed YouTube accounts

In other Google news, acting on the feedback for YouTube creators reporting decrease in their public subscriber counts, Google today explained the reason of decreases in public subscriber count saying, "It's because, this February, a process to improve the accuracy of subscriber counts was statrted -- and was recently extended by removing additional closed and inactive accounts from Google system, which means these closed accounts are being deducted from subscriber counts."

"None of the accounts we're removing from our system are active, so these changes to subscriber counts will not cause any change in viewership. The number of accounts removed varies from day to day, so you may notice unusual declines in subscriber counts on one day followed by a return to normal performance the next day," explained David Boyle of YouTube staff.

"These account removals have already started to take effect in public counts and API counts (through sites like Vidstatsx), but we will not be able to update the counts in YouTube Analytics until we have completed the account removals. For the time being, YouTube Analytics only captures subscribes and unsubscribes from active users, which is a more meaningful metric for tracking engagement with your channel than the public counts," Boyle said.

Google says they plan to complete the account removals process over the coming weeks, with a significant number of closed accounts being removed on one day. "How much this will affect your channel will vary, but the longer you've been on YouTube the more likely it is you have inactive subscribers," he said.