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Inbox 2.0: Yahoo and Google to Turn E-Mail Into a Social Network. Ignore Orkut, OpenSocial, Yahoo Mash and Yahoo 360.

Inbox 2.0: Yahoo and Google to Turn E-Mail Into a Social Network

Google and Yahoo have come up with new and very similar plans to respond to the challenge from MySpace and Facebook: They hope to turn their e-mail systems and personalized home page services (iGoogle and MyYahoo) into social networks. Web-based e-mail systems already contain much of what Facebook calls the social graph — the connections between people. That’s why the social networks offer to import the e-mail address books of new users to jump-start their list of friends. Yahoo and Google realize that they have this information and can use it to build their own services that connect people to their contacts.

I don’t have a lot of detail from Google, but I’ve heard from several executives that this is their plan. New Gmail Features. Use Gmail to Convert Word Docs to HTML.