Yahoo Adds Smart Contact Cards to the Inbox

Contact cards will display information like phone, title, email, along with photo and links to social profiles

Yahoo announced the launch of the new contact cards which will be available every time users hover over a person’s name in a message, or when composing an email on Yahoo Mail. Contact cards provide the most vital information at a glance, including photo (or logo if it’s a company), phone number, job title, and links to social profiles including Facebook and Flickr. With this feature users can get answers, right away, without ever leaving their inbox.

Powered by Xobni technology, the cards display information from your address book as well as Facebook and Flickr profiles (according to the contact’s privacy settings). In addition, the cards include up-to-date phone numbers that a contact may have emailed to you in the past.

With contact cards, you can quickly search for emails from that person, compose a new email, add the person to your address book, edit the contact information or click on links to go visit their full Facebook or Flickr page.

To see Facebook information, you’ll first need to link your Yahoo account to Facebook by following these steps: Click on the gear in the top right corner of Yahoo Mail; select settings and then accounts; and click on connect to Facebook.