Google may unveil a new social feature to Gmail as early as this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The feature would closely mimic status updates like those popularised by Facebook and Twitter, and while Google hasn't confirmed anything at this point, we'd guess such a feature would also tightly integrate with your Google Profile — in much the same way as they used Google Profiles to integrate your friends' social content in your search results.
From the WSJ:
The change is a new module that will allow Gmail users to view a stream of status updates from people they choose to connect with, according to one of these people.
Google also plans to integrate content that is shared through its YouTube video-sharing service and its Picasa photo-sharing service into the stream of status updates, according to one person familiar with the matter. But whether Google will launch those features in the coming days remains unclear.