Google is turning to its users in order to help build and refine Google+, with the company's engineering manager Mark Striebeck openly inviting +ers to Hangout for a discussion on how Gmail and the new social network can buddy up.

Speaking via an update of Google+ (where else?) Striebeck said: "As you can imagine, we are working on several Gmail / Google+ integrations. But similar to some of my Google colleagues, I want to use the creativity and momentum here for some larger brainstorming in a Hangout."

The Hangout is due to take place on 12 July at 11pm UK time and the Google bod has requested that interested volunteers give him a shout on the new platform if they're interested. If selected, he'll then give you access to a Google document with all the necessary info on there.

The topic of discussion includes:

- What email features would make it easier to interact with Google+?
- How could we integrate Google+ features into Gmail?
- How can we integrate social concepts in Gmail to make the email experience itself better?

So if you're on Google+, and you think you've got a valid contribution to make, drop Striebeck a line.