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Why Gmail users should upload a profile picture to Google+

Gmail changes the game with their makeover

It was recently announced that Gmail has undergone a major makeover that will roll out to all users in the coming days. The new design leans toward a minimalistic design with streamlined functionality. One of the new features is how email conversation appears- it is more intuitive and in better order, but there is a catch- each email in the chain features a small profile picture next to the sender’s name.

Just as profile pictures are helpful in social networks to allow people you are communicating with to get a better idea of who you are, adding a profile picture associated with your Gmail account puts you one step closer to making eye contact with the person you are emailing with.

A preview of Gmail’s makeover

This is what the redesign looks like (click to enlarge):

Given the new conversation feature of email and its appearance, if you’ve been avoiding adding a profile picture to your Google account (most easily done through your Google+ profile even if you’re not planning on using the social network), it would behoove you to do so as we are noticing many blank faces in our email inbox.

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.


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