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LinkedIn acquires Rapportive, a social network-enhanced Gmail add-on

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Rapportive, a small company that offers a free add-on that provides enhanced contact information within Gmail has just been snapped up by "professional" social network LinkedIn. Rapportive offers a Gmail add-on that overlays contact information with social network information in an attractive sidebar. The company will continue to support the Gmail add-on while working on its next project.

Rapportive LinkedIn logos
Rapportive LinkedIn logos

Rapportive, a small company that offers a free, enhanced contact information add-on for Gmail has just been snapped up by "professional" social network LinkedIn. If you're not familiar with Rapportive for Gmail, it's quite a bit like the popular Xobni for Outlook: it adds a sidebar to your Gmail interface in Chrome, Safari, or Firefox and attractively displays contact information with the added benefit of social network integration — your contact's Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Skype information is all built-in and viewable at a glance. While neither Rapportive nor LinkedIn have yet revealed what's in store, the former promises that it'll continue to support the popular add-on while working on its next project — whatever it may be.