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July 25, 2012

LinkedIn Offering Tighter Microsoft Outlook Integration

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LinkedIn Integration with OutlookEmail has failed to disappear despite the warnings of social media experts and if Microsoft has anything to say about it MS Outlook is actually about to make email software better. The company has announced that the new version of Office software will come with easier LinkedIn connections for Outlook.

While LinkedIn works with Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010 there is at least one big issue that was addressed on Wednesday via the LinkedIn blog:

Today, we’re really excited to share that the Outlook Social Connector for the next release of Office will no longer require an additional download to sync with LinkedIn. This means you just have to sign-in once with your LinkedIn credentials and immediately you’ll start seeing rich profile information, like photos and LinkedIn network activity for any connection that emails you. You’ll also see LinkedIn profile data surface when you view a People Card throughout the new Office experience.

Microsoft then published the following sample image on the Microsoft blog: read more

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July 20, 2012

Google Acquires Social Email Startup ‘Sparrow’

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Google Buy SparrowGoogle has been working endlessly to integrate Gmail into the realm of social media, for example users can now more easily connect their Gmail accounts to Google+. On Friday the company announced the acquisition of Mac OS X and iPhone social media startup Sparrow.

Sparrow created inboxes look more like Twitter feeds than email inboxes, using truncated messages that look like text messages more than full emails.

The startups messages then connect with Facebook which allows a sender’s picture to pop up with their messages while still retaining the feel of a private email inbox.  read more

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April 13, 2012

Facebook Announces Timeline, Email Sync Development

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Facebook EmailFacebook on Friday announced that it will start to automatically sync a users Timeline address with their Facebook email, ensuring that everyone receives and understand their Facebook email account.

The program will roll out over the next several week and it’s simple to use, for example if your Facebook.com account is listed under the URL Facebook.com/joe.18 your Facebook email address will simple be [email protected]

Facebook since mid-2011 has been making a big push into the email space, attempting to keep users on the site for longer periods of time by allowing them to receive messages in an older format while responding directly from the Facebook platform. Vanity URLs in the meantime rolled out in 2009 but a Facebook email feature was not available at that time. When 2010 rolled around Facebook allowed users to choose an @facebook email address of their very own by choosing a vanity URL.

The new change seems most likely to affect users who never chose a vanity URL.  read more

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