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Facing your e-mail

Facing your e-mail

Know how when you meet someone in person for the first time after e-mailing back and forth, they look different than you'd imagined? Google's plans to match your e-mail account with a face could put a stop to that. Expected within the next week, you'll be able to attach a photo to your Gmail account so that message recipients will spot your mug in their in-boxes. Google Pictures will let you display different pictures to different people and show when you're online. Instant- messaging apps have let users express themselves with GIFs, JPEGs, and animated avatars for years now, but this is a first for e-mail. Google's been announcing a bunch of tools this week that add social networking features to its many free services.