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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 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+.

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