Google+ Invades Gmail, Allows Users to Email Without Email Addresses
January 10, 2014 11:02 AM
comment(s) - last by
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."
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: DT Strikes Again
1/10/2014 11:37:04 PM
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
1/12/2014 6:07:36 PM
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
1/13/2014 12:56:02 PM
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.
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
Google's Eric Schmidt: Mobile Has Won
December 30, 2013, 9:48 AM
Google Introduces Possible Facebook Rival: "Google+"
June 29, 2011, 10:23 AM
eBay to Spin Off PayPal Business Next Year
September 30, 2014, 7:28 AM
Facebook to Use Your Browsing Data to Sell Offsite Display Ads
September 29, 2014, 3:52 PM
After Microsoft Complains, EU Rejects Google's Search Settlement for Second Time
September 23, 2014, 4:58 PM
Microsoft Expands Free Office 365 to All College Students
September 22, 2014, 3:21 PM
Apple Adds New Password Protection for Third Party iCloud Apps
September 17, 2014, 8:50 PM
Facebook Tests Moments App, Aims to Keep Your Private Memories Private
September 17, 2014, 5:46 PM
Most Popular Articles
Appalling Negligence: Decade-Old Windows XPe Holes Led to Home Depot Hack
September 8, 2014, 8:58 PM
iBend: Reports Grow of Razor-Thin iPhone 6+ Folding Like Origami in Your Pocket
September 23, 2014, 6:08 PM
New AT&T Mobile Share Value "Double Data" Promotion Lasts Through October
September 28, 2014, 8:32 AM
Update: Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 Update to Make Up for Botched 8.0.1 Release
September 25, 2014, 8:19 PM
FBI Outraged That Apple, Google are Adopting Digital "Locks" to Protect Users
September 26, 2014, 1:00 PM
Latest Blog Posts
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information