Google testing out email composition from within search results!?

Posted on September 3, 2014 in SEO

This is really strange. I was Googling around testing out some stuff, and noticed that a “compose email” area showed up for one of my queries. This was right within the search results page. Strange!

This is what it looked like:

Screenshot 2014-09-03 18.11.21

 

I tried to send an email, but it bugged out and I got the following error:

Screenshot 2014-09-03 18.14.50

I’m not sure how I feel about this functionality of Google. Is it really required? Is it a potential security concern? The only real need I see for this feature is for when you’re looking to email someone that you don’t already have the contact details of. But in that case, Google shouldn’t (and wouldn’t) provide you their email address anyway. Unless perhaps they’re going to be integrating this with Google+, which is more likely…

The same happens for seemingly any name and company input. Another example using my work email:

Screenshot 2014-09-03 18.19.17

This is an odd one. Kinda cool knowingly being part of a Google split test!

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