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Google Contacts Get Circles

A keen eyed Google+ user +Robert Wallis has spotted some huge changes to Google Contacts. 

Check out the picture below: 


You'll see that Google+ information has now been added. As Robert says:

I think this is a * revolution* for the web, here's why:

Old version

Some one would give you their email address, you'd add it to contacts, if it was a gmail address it would pull the image (if they were sharing it with you). That's all you got.

New version

If you have their gmail email you still have any data you have added, but what you now have is any data they have added to their Google Profile.
This includes any data they are sharing publicly; gives people much more incentive to complete their profile.
Note: I would expect data shared just with you (either to you or to a circle you are in) to show too, but would need to test that further at this point.

Why is this interesting?
Remember that contacts is basically how Google knows your connections: people you have "circled" are added to contacts under "other contacts".

Circles appear in the new version of contacts as well as any contact groups you have made in the past.

So to re-cap this is anther big step in Google's efforts to centralise it's data relating to how people are connected and their relationships. I'm looking forward to the contact data I have for the people I care about being kept up to date by them rather than relying on some old data from the past which might be out of date.

Robert does note however that you will only see the new information if you have the new Google UI

Join in the discussion on Robert's post.

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