Yahoo Mail’s smart “contact cards” have been updated today to include support for Twitter and LinkedIn information. Through Yahoo’s partnerships with these two social services, the contact cards, which appear when you hover over a person’s name in a message, can now display a person’s most recent tweets in addition to company, title, phone number and more.
Contact cards were first rolled out as an enhancement to Yahoo Mail in March, following competitor Google’s revamp of its own Google Contacts service. The idea behind these cards – a system which is being powered by an earlier Yahoo acquisition called Xobni – is to offer additional data about the person you’re emailing with by pulling in relevant information from outside sources as well as from your own inbox.
For example, the cards automatically update to include a contact’s current phone number, which is extracted from past emails.
With the new Twitter and LinkedIn integrations…
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