The Google Chat gadget from iGoogle’s sidebar started to show friend suggestions and they’re usually people you’ve emailed frequently. Google also shows a list of Google Translate bots that help you translate the messages from a conversation.
Another new feature lets you send some of your contacts to someone you’ve emailed frequently.
It seems that the suggestions are displayed even if you’ve enabled this option in Gmail: “Only allow people that I’ve explicitly approved to chat with me and see when I’m online”. By default, Gmail automatically invites to Google Chat the users whom you frequently email. “Gmail determines which contacts you’ll be able to talk to without having to invite each other.”
When you type a link to Google Maps search results in Gmail Chat, iGoogle Chat or orkut’s chat box, Google replaces the long URL with the Google Maps query. Google Maps URLs are usually very long because they include a lot of parameters, but Google should do a better job at removing extraneous parameters.