Ionut was digging around through the source code in Gmail when he stumbled across some pieces of text he thinks indicates "updates" for your friends could soon be part of the integrated Google Talk module.
The source code he found includes snippets of text including the following:
- Add comment
- Remove <something -- probably a name> from chat and updates
- Delete this update
These small pieces of text are definitely interesting, and we could very well be getting a glimpse into the next hot feature in Gmail. It's unclear what kind of "updates" we will see for our contacts, but Ionut speculates it could be descriptions of things users have done on other Google properties.
It's not very clear what kind of updates you will receive, but they're probably the latest important actions of your contacts from different Google services.
I am leaning more towards tighter Orkut integration myself though. You can already see updates from your friends there, as seen in this screenshot.
[images from Google Operating System]