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Google is integrating Google+ into Gmail so that users of the social network can email you, even if they're complete strangers that don't have your email address

Email usually feels like a private place on the Web (for the most part). It's not like Facebook, where anyone in the world can easily find you by name and try to contact you. In other words, you'd expect to find a message from an old acquaintance on Facebook, but not in your private email if you've never exchanged addresses -- until now.
 
According to the Gmail Blog, Google is integrating Google+ into Gmail so that users of the social network can email you, even if they're complete strangers that don't have your email address. 
 
Gmail users will see a new setting called "Email via Google+" in the coming days, although Google said it wouldn’t be functional right away. When the feature is turned on, Google will email users to let them know it's active. 
 
The feature doesn't reveal your email address to the other Google+ user that decided to contact you, and you also won't receive Google+ mail in your "Primary" inbox, but rather the "Social" tab. 
 
If you're not interested in taking part, users can opt out by selecting the "no one" option for the feature's settings. 
 
Google is clearly determined to make Google+ a service people actually use, as the social network has been pretty quiet since its summer 2011 release
 
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt made his 2014 predictions for Bloomberg TV recently, and he said his biggest mistake was missing the train when it came to social networking, but added that that won't be the case in 2014. 
 
"The biggest mistake that I made was not anticipating the rise of the social networking phenomenon," said Schmidt. "Not a mistake we’re going to make again. I guess in our defense we were busy working on many other things, but we should have been in that area and I take responsibility for that."

Source: Gmail Blog



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RE: DT Strikes Again
By MrBlastman on 1/10/2014 11:16:08 AM , Rating: 5
Well Google certainly is pushy about the Google+ crap. The thing that pisses me off lately is on tertiary sites like Youtube that repeatedly ask: "Why not use your real name? Change your handle so everyone likes you more," or BS like that. You tell them no and they keep asking you again and again.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By tomx78 on 1/10/2014 11:42:32 AM , Rating: 2
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You tell them no and they keep asking you again and again.

Can't you tell them yes and change it to fake name or confirm that your current profile name is your real name? How would they check if this is not true?


RE: DT Strikes Again
By Solandri on 1/10/2014 12:38:50 PM , Rating: 2
If you have a Youtube account and Gmail account, the only choices you get are your old Youtube account name, or your Gmail (real) name. If you don't have a Gmail account, I suppose you can make one with a fake name. But I've been hearing more and more stories of Gmail accounts with fake names (e.g. a gmail account for receiving support emails for your business) being shut down.

I'm not really sure how Google managed to link my Youtube account with (one of my) Gmail account. The usernames are different. I only login to leave about 3 Youtube comments a year, and use that Gmail address about once a month. And I have my browser set to wipe cookies and history upon closing.

I mean I actually like Google+ and use it, but the way they're pushing it onto people who don't want it is, well, evil.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By jonesy1152 on 1/10/2014 11:37:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not really sure how Google managed to link my Youtube account with (one of my) Gmail account.

I'm going to guess by IP address. I think that's how it happened with me. Google tried to set my separate email accounts up on the same login screen - I opted out, brought up an old bookmark from one of my emails. Now I select the account I want from LastPass pull-down menu.

Google still likely knows they're all me. I don't care - so long as they don't publicly join them together in any way.

As for the email thing in the article, a few hours ago I got the notice, made a few settings to my liking, and don't expect it to be a problem. If it becomes a problem for me, then I'll re-evaluate and go from there.

While I don't like the way Google is going about this, I don't see it as nefarious, directly anyway; it's simply that for them it's logical in light of how and what they do. Apart from dealing with the occasional hassle of carefully managing accounts and settings, I don't care in relation to the original bargain I made with Google for anonymous ad-targeting in exchange for the convenience of using Gmail. This is not to say I'm happy with those hassles, tho.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By Disorganise on 1/12/2014 6:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
Must be more than IP - does the browser leak hostname info or something? Otherwise if it was just IP you'd have it trying to link with your partners account etc.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By NellyFromMA on 1/13/2014 12:56:02 PM , Rating: 2
Because Google's TOS revision allows them to aggregate your data in ways that are more "useful" to you. Or is it more useful for them? You can decide that for yourself.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By npcomplete on 1/11/2014 2:21:17 AM , Rating: 2
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Can't you tell them yes and change it to fake name or confirm that your current profile name is your real name? How would they check if this is not true?

They actually try to detect fake names and it prevented me from using my aliases.
If you opt for any of the G+ stuff, including Youtube, you can't use fake names or they shut you down.

gmail alone, without G+ integration, still does not require real names though.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By Flunk on 1/10/2014 12:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
You can solve that by creating a Youtube channel and then telling it you want to post using your channel name. You never actually need to post anything to your channel.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By MrBlastman on 1/10/2014 12:47:30 PM , Rating: 2
I do that. They keep asking me--hoping I'll click the wrong button.

Maybe it is because I use MVPS Host Files. That probably irritates the tar out of them.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By bug77 on 1/10/2014 1:12:06 PM , Rating: 2
Wait. You log in to browse Youtube?


RE: DT Strikes Again
By amanojaku on 1/10/2014 1:29:54 PM , Rating: 2
You have to be signed in to browse porn and other objectionable stuff.

That's what I heard, anyway. I get my porn from other places. ;)


RE: DT Strikes Again
By npcomplete on 1/11/2014 2:30:40 AM , Rating: 2
While youtube has relaxed its rules so that it allows a female nipple to occasionally be shown in certain contexts, they most definitely do not allow anything even approaching soft porn. The irony is that anything too sexy *without nudity*--or offensive without sexuality, like too much swearing--gets treated like porn, being restricted to 18+, and the same with nudity gets removed when flagged.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By lagomorpha on 1/11/2014 9:20:09 AM , Rating: 2
Also anything politically controversial or containing offensive humor is often restricted to 18+ and requires a sign in. It seems as though users who disagree with certain videos will just flag it as "inappropriate" and once a few people do that it automatically gets restricted.


RE: DT Strikes Again
By MrBlastman on 1/10/2014 2:27:48 PM , Rating: 2
I use Youtube's "playlist" feature heavily, along with favorites. I also upload streams I record through Twitch.tv. :)


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