Gist, the company behind the email mashup service of the same name, just updated their Outlook plugin. The new plugin now lets you see a contact’s profile information prior to sending them an email. To use this feature, you simply start creating a new message, and the profile info will display next to the email itself, in a sidebar pane. Specifically, the profile info shows things like name, title, company, and links to your contacts’ social network profiles on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Other plugin features include the ability to get updates on your contacts and their companies within Outlook, a search feature for easily locating email, links, and attachments, and a drag-and-drop method for sharing news from your contacts via email or Twitter.