Google+ Invades Gmail, Allows Users to Email Without Email Addresses
January 10, 2014 11:02 AM
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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
, 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
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."
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RE: DT Strikes Again
1/10/2014 5:47:04 PM
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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