Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jan 2014 20:39 UTC
Google

You no longer need someone's email address to send them an email. At least, that will soon be the case if you want to email another Google+ user. A new Gmail "feature" will let you simply type in anyone's name into Gmail's "to" field and send them an email. Google announced the new Google+ integration on its Gmail blog today, but company representatives have clarified to The Verge that - by default - anyone on its social network will be able to send messages to your Gmail inbox.

It's opt-out; so it's enabled by default. I don't think Google has ever had a more stupid idea than this. This is just all-around bad - no ifs, no buts, nothing. You must be completely brain-dead to think that implementing this "feature" is in any way, shape, or form, a good idea.

I'll be turning this off right away - I don't want random internet people emailing me any more than they already do. Equally idiotic, when you start typing a name in Gmail's to/cc fields, it will autocomplete to Google+ usernames. I have no idea if you can turn this brain fart off.

I don't like Google+, I don't want Google+ - I just want it to go away. Please.

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And the problem with YouTube...
by tomz on Fri 10th Jan 2014 01:08 UTC
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If they don't think your G+ profile has your actual drivers-license / national ID / passport name, they will lock your G+, sometimes everything on your Google account.

So as part of the YouTube conversion, many people were locked out of their accounts when someone got annoyed and clicked on "violates name policy".

You need G+ to review anything on Google Play now.

I'm slowly moving away from Google. They demand my driver's license, then give or let the NSA have everything, then force everything into public or onto G+ or whatever, and Takeout is seriously broken (I had to burn over 100G bandwidth to try to get my YouTubes off because it would keep dying at 99.5%).

They've ruined maps on both the app (no, i'm on my way to work and need to find X on the way, not the one 5 miles back) and web.

Why do companies tend to become senile so quickly?

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