Don’t get us wrong, it’s great the folks at Gmail are looking to help us out. But when your free email box starts suggesting you might have forgotten someone off your reply, it seems a bit creepy. Gmail has moved recipient suggestions out of the labs and into the full product today.
We’ve received quite a bit of positive feedback from people who avoided some embarrassing situations thanks to these features. And today, we’re excited to graduate them from Gmail Labs and start turning them on for everyone (they should start working in all Gmail accounts over the next day or so). Once that happens, as you type in your recipients, Gmail will automatically make suggestions based on the groups of people you email most often. When you see a suggestion to add a person you’ve forgotten, all you have to do is click on their name to add them.
The Gmail team is looking to help users with contacts with similar names and groups of friends, essentially Gmail is looking at your patterns in mail. This sounds great right? What’s the creepy part?
For us, it reinforces the fact that Gmail is going through your mail. They say it’s just to mine for relevant keywords and helpful things, like this recipient suggestion but it still feels weird.
What’s your call, is this helpful or just creepy?