Google to include people's Gmail in search results

2012-08-09 07:53

San Francisco - Google's Internet search engine is getting more personal by highlighting information drawn from its users' Gmail accounts on its main results page.

The feature announced Wednesday marks Google's latest attempt to deliver data that people are seeking more quickly as it tries to maintain the dominance of its lucrative Internet search engine.

Google Inc. is initially testing the feature with 1 million Gmail users who must sign up to participate.

Gmail's more than 425 million users already can search within their e-mail accounts to find something they need, such as an order from or an airline reservation.

Now, Gmail users who join the trial will be shown a list of relevant e-mails on Google's main search results page if the correspondence contains a word entered in a search request.

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-08-09 07:57

    Hopefully no one else can search MY mail????

      sdchilongwe - 2012-08-09 08:03

      but if your email is '' it wil appear if someone google you...this is not good.

      sdchilongwe - 2012-08-09 08:13

      @souldaddy do you know that there are people who can crack your email password if they know your email address and get access to all your personal info.

      njglen - 2012-08-09 08:45

      No one else will be able to search your email, the results are unique to you, unless they borrow your PC to search the internet. Get the full story here, again shoddy reporting from News24:

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-08-09 09:14

      Well, so much for gmial.... it's been fun but I'm not the naive sharing type when it come to; me not having control over my personal info.

      celtis.africana - 2012-08-09 09:29

      This is like having your neighbour reading all your mail after the postman delivered it. Is it a scaring tactic or just blatant abuse of privacy?

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-08-09 09:30

      Instead try its active organisational that fights for the rights of animals and other vulnerability's. You know, yet one more way we can help instead of just giving money for lost causes with obvious alternative motive, or just swell the ranks of conscience respect for the individual.

      komorison - 2012-08-09 09:40

      You wanna bet ...?

      Martha1234 - 2012-08-09 10:27

      No they can't... Can't believe how badly written and misleading this article is. All it means is if YOU search on Google and YOU have a gmail Acc and YOU are logged on, the search result will include any info from YOUR gmail Acc only. It is not giving your email address to anybody, nor can anybody else access your info! REALLY BAD JOURNALISM!!!

      celtis.africana - 2012-08-09 10:52

      Martha1234 try to Google Martha1234

      zebithmilroy - 2012-08-09 11:19


  • jabu.frans - 2012-08-09 08:08

    Now this is a bad move, I thnk I will shut my gmmail. Account dwn

      elewies - 2012-08-09 12:14

      Ignorant man. Was this article really so well-written and informative that it convinced you to change your consumer behaviour? The feature will mean that "Pietie" will log on to Google Chrome using his "" email-account. Now assume Pietie has a fetish for teddy bears and that his Gmail-box is full of email from "Super Shocking Pink Teddies Co.". If Pietie now Google "teddy bears", Google will now also consider Pietie's Gmail emails and come up with more accurate search results. Instead of displaying normal "teddy bears" the results will be more accurate, for e.g "Super Shocking Pink Teddy Bears stores near you".

  • hlonipha.b.kwatsha - 2012-08-09 08:15

    Didn't know they can think so stupid.come now who wants their gmail to be publicly known.maybe they haven't had of computer fraud.

      Martha1234 - 2012-08-09 10:24

      Lordy, it means that if you are logged in to your email Acc and you do a search it will include information in your emails. ONLY YOU CAN ACCESS THAT. It is not highlighting your email address to anybody!

  • Vickers - 2012-08-09 08:16

    Spammers across the globe must be ecstatic

  • aapknor - 2012-08-09 08:35

    Your OWN emails will be searched, not someone else's - that's if you're signed in. Your mail won't suddenly become public. And Google won't list email addresses - they're anti-spam, yes? Would be like shooting yourself in the foot. As you were...

  • piet.strydom - 2012-08-09 09:04

    Come on News24, this was a REALLY, REALLY bad piece of journalism!

      davidteren - 2012-08-09 09:16

      Another misleading piece.

  • davidteren - 2012-08-09 09:15

    It's a cool feature. Already works with Evernote. So when you search a topic using Google any results that match notes you've made in Evertnote are also displayed. Obviously only you can search and view them.

  • brandon.faber.908 - 2012-08-09 09:25

    I don't like that at all. Invasion of privacy. If I want you to email me I will give you my address. Will drop gmail if they do that. No sweat.

      elewies - 2012-08-09 12:21

      You're a sheep! How can you not have read this article and said to yourself "wow this doesn't make sense" and then proceed to do a simple GOOGLE search and find a more reliable Technology-related source that explains what is done. You clearly have an internet connection- now I advise you to use it in the future to be more informative. Remember: Facebook isn't the only website out there. You can actually go to other sites and learn sh#t

      brandon.faber.908 - 2012-08-09 15:10

      Eh? Let me go do that mate but let m tell you this. The more Google and other tech companies get into our lives the bigger risk we are exposed to. Think a bit about that.

  • celtis.africana - 2012-08-09 09:29

    This is like having your neighbour reading all your mail after the postman delivered it. Is it a scaring tactic or just blatant abuse of privacy?

  • Martha1234 - 2012-08-09 10:21

    Oh my god, what a badly written article. It will only search your email, for you, when you are logged on. Nobody else is searching your mail, just you. It is actually a brilliant thing!

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-08-09 10:35

    NEWS 24 - Please stop reporting on technology before you hurt yourself. This is Huisgenoot/You reporting style....if that. Pathetic

      elewies - 2012-08-09 12:17

      Haha so waar! Ek sien al hoe kerm my ma by haar ander tannie-vriendinne oor die artikel in Huisegenoot waar Google nou toelaat dat ander mense jou emails kan Google

  • jan.mot.1 - 2012-08-09 13:24

    A lot of people on here are making such stupid comments that they should just take back their computers to the store where they bought them and tell the sales person "Can I please have a refund? I'm too stupid to own a computer." - Starting with the "journalist" who wrote this half baked excuse for and article... Do your research before trying to scare the public.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-09 13:29

    GOODBYE GOOGLE MAIL - personal banking messages or other data displayed will nilly and then again of course it will always be totally secure and "Nothing can go wrong, NOTHING CAN GO WRONG, NuThInG CaN Go WrOnG Go WrUnh Ge Wrihg go wruuung!" CAN IT?

  • mynhardt.johan - 2012-08-09 15:10

    Sheesh... the majority of people commenting are like dumb sheep. Did you read the article with comprehension and re-read? "Now, Gmail users who join the trial will be shown a list of relevant e-mails on Google's main search results page if the correspondence contains a word entered in a search request." - I don't read anything about emails will be shown as search results to the public. Now go sit in the corner until you have learned to understand what is said.

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