I gave the site Mig.ly a few months to run through early beta before digging in with this screencast. Ming.ly is a social sidebar for Google mail that allows you to get social data on those you are interacting with. It pulls Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn at the time of the screencast into a sidebar in the Gmail interface. (It does only work as a free extension to Google Chrome and Firefox as extensions.)
I found a few UI issues along the way, but nothing to call a show stopper. Plus this is still a beta product with room to grow and take over what was a space for Gist before they were bought by Research In Motion (BlackBerry). The service includes seeing:
- inline updates
- it’s own menu on the left navigation
- a global address book feature
- new contact alerts
I am eager to see how they evolve and add new social services into the product. Their feature request list in the FAQ listed Skype and even Google Voice on the wishlist. So give them a shot and see what you think. Did I mention it is free?