You might be too much eager about your friends – how many social network profile are they using or do they have any Twitter or Facebook account? You can know about their social network activities by searching with their email id individually in each social services which can be tedious for a long list of friends.
But if you are in Gmail or Google Apps Mail, you can make things easier and learn about all the activities of your friends. Rapportive is a simple web application that helps you to view the social profiles of any contact within Gmail.
What is Rapportive?
Rapportive is a browser based web tool that is integrated within your Gmail account after having you permission to search the social network profiles of an email id. It is available as Addon in Firefox, Extension in Google Chrome and Bookmarklet in Opera.
After installing Rapportive, you can find the profile details of a contact at the sidebar by clicking on the mail from that email address or simply hovering your mouse on a name.
It lets you to know about any contact like the location, their appearance at the social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc and you can instantly connect with them from Gmail. Also, you can put a short note with that contact for the shake of future reference.
As a bonus, it replaces the annoying ads from the side bar of your Gmail/ Google Apps account.
How to install Rapportive?
Rapportive has a very transparent installation feature. You wont have to browse various links to install it in different browser. Just browse the Rapportive website and click on the install tab – it will automatically start to install appropriate application for your browser with proper instructions.
How does it work?
Once you’ve installed the corresponding tool for your browser, login to Rapportive from the drop-down menu that appears after clicking the Delta sign, associated with Rapportive link.
The login procedure requires your permission. Just click on the Allow button for getting started.
Are you too much worried about your privacy and afraid of giving your Gmail credentials to a third party service? Yes! It does have the access permission of your Gmail account. But this should not be a bigger issue while you are getting a neat service exchanging a little price.
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