Google has announced an experimental “search engine of the future” that scans the content of your Gmail account along with the rest of the Web to find information relevant to your search.
The way Google Search SVP Amit Singhal describes it,
“Sometimes the best answer to your question isn’t available on the public web—it may be contained somewhere else, such as in your email. We think you shouldn’t have to be your own mini-search engine to find the most useful information—it should just work. A search is a search, and we want our results to be truly universal…So, if you’re planning a biking trip to Tahoe, you might see relevant emails from friends about the best bike trails, or great places to eat on the right hand side of the results page.”
Eventually, the email integration will also be able to do things like pull up your travel itineraries when you type in “my flights.”
Your Gmail account already has a search bar at the top of your inbox. If you want to look up what your friend said about the best bike trails in Tahoe, the information is already at your disposal.
With this new search feature, Google is inching ever closer to a truly social homepage, where search, email, instant messaging, social networking, videos, pictures, and productivity software all live in the same place.
The company hasn’t rolled this out to everyone yet, but if you want to see what Gmail will bring to your personal search results, you can sign up for early access here.
Readers: Is this something you would use?