Google Contacts integrates with Google+; If you use Google+, you can now grow your circles, filter emails and contacts by circles, keep all your contact information up-to-date automatically and share photos to Google+, all right from Gmail and Contacts, blogged Google.
Here is what this integration bring?
“Now when you open an email from someone on Google+, you can see the most recent post they’ve shared with you on the right-hand side of the conversation. If they’re not in your circles yet, it’s easy to add them straight from Gmail,” informs Google.
“You can now quickly use Google+ Circles to filter your mail, saving yourself from having to sift through that pile of daily deal emails and newsletters. You can see messages from all of your circles at once or from each individual circle. And if you want, you can show circle names on emails in your inbox. Contacts can also be filtered by circles, making it easier to view your social connections,” Google explained.
Keep your contact information up-to-date automatically by letting your circles do it for you. “If your contacts have a Google profile, their contact entry in Gmail will be updated with the profile information they’ve shared with you, including phone numbers, email addresses and more. If they change it in the future, you’ll get those updates automatically. You can also make sure the people you care about have your most up-to-date contact information by updating your own Google profile and sharing it,” Google said.
You can also find your Google+ circles in the sidebar, below the list of groups.
By default, the data obtained from Google Profiles is displayed below the information you’ve entered, but you can combine them: go to a contact page, click the “More” dropdown and select “[Show external data] inline”.
Next, now you can share photo attachments with one quick click. The image(s) will be uploaded to your Google+ photos and be viewable only to the circles that you choose to share with.
Google says that over the next few days they will be rolling out the above changes to Gmail, Gmail Contacts and the “standalone” version of Google Contacts at contacts.google.com.
Google Apps users won’t see the Contacts updates quite yet, but Google promise to make them available.