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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 Beefmeister on 1/10/2014 11:56:09 AM , Rating: 3
I think that the DT summary is pretty good; there is no concern over info being stolen, but the concerns about the crossover of separate virtual worlds is quite valid.

In my case, the people I interact with via social networks are very different from the people I interact with via email, and I want to keep them separate. Google is trying to break that barrier down in order to push G+. They are free to do that, free service and all - but I am *absolutely* opting out.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By Ammohunt on 1/10/2014 1:21:40 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, i got rid of my Google+ Profile over this; i never used it much but even then if i use social networking i want to use it on my terms or not at all.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By bug77 on 1/10/2014 2:42:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think there's a social network that can be used on your own terms. Or any product you don't own, for that matter.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By Ammohunt on 1/10/2014 3:45:45 PM , Rating: 2
Hence the reason i added the "not at all" bit. I have lived most of my life without Social Networking and have been just fine.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By HangFire on 1/10/2014 3:50:01 PM , Rating: 2
I dropped out of Google+ over the sponsored ad bruhaha last year. They opted me in and I had to go track it down and opt out, and kept going all the way out of Google+. Then I got an Android phone and found myself back in Google+. Curious, I never said "yes" to that question. I thought it was Google Now because leaving Google+ a second time dropped me out of Google Now. So I tested that by rejoining Google Now and I'm still out of Google+ but in Google Now.

Maybe I'm chasing a moving target of Google+ versus Rest-of-Google overlapping functionality. If so it won't matter soon. I'm moving my email, social networking, picture, and cloud file services to competing providers, accessed using unrelated accounts. If this means I cannot comment on Youtube, lol I can live with that.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/14, Rating: -1
RE: DT Strikes Again
By Beefmeister on 1/10/2014 5:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'm just trying to understand the problem here.

I absolutely agree that account names and passwords should be consistent across services. But separation of real names, screen names, and email addresses could still be done within this.

For people who try to use Gmail somewhat professionally, G+ socially, and Youtube to watch stupid stuff - do you really think it is a good idea that other people are able to make connections between these different activities so easily? For example, if somebody disagrees with a Youtube comment you made, they can find you on G+, and under these new default settings, they can send you an email.

Google could easily maintain these services and screen-names as separate entities and maintain their ecosystem. Yes, free service, opt-outs and all that...... but that doesn't stop this from being a very anti-user move that is adding to the semi-forcible move towards G+.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By p05esto on 1/10/2014 2:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
I try to never use any Google services at all. If you use Chrome you basically have to log into your email, you have to have Google+ and all of that BS. I just turn it all off and won't use any of it. I demand to be annonymous online... on DT or anywhere else. I don't want my real name attached to anything at all.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By bug77 on 1/10/2014 2:44:14 PM , Rating: 2
You don't have to log into anything to use Chrome. The G+ profile can be completely removed, so...

RE: DT Strikes Again
By p05esto on 1/12/2014 4:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
While true, you have to really work to use youtube/gmail/chrome and other Google services without linking everything together and logigng in. You might think you are not logged in, but you are in many cases. Clear everything on a computer or use a new PC and then try to use those services without creating master accounts and linking things up.... good luck. Chrome will bug you forever until you sign into one service....then magically it will stop pestering so much. Believe what you want, it's not BS.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By Reclaimer77 on 1/10/2014 3:44:46 PM , Rating: 1
If you use Chrome you basically have to log into your email, you have to have Google+ and all of that BS.

Uh yeah that's bullshit.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By futrtrubl on 1/11/2014 3:57:56 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure what you are smoking because I am using Chrome but nothing else Google... well except the original Google thing, search.

RE: DT Strikes Again
By frobizzle on 1/13/2014 8:31:48 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I use their search engine and the Android Play Store. The thing about the Play Store that makes me laugh out loud is that they now require you to have a Google+ account in order to rate apps or write reviews. Oh well, as I do not want (and will never have) a Google+ account, I don't have to bother with rating/reviewing apps.

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