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

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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RE: I like this
by Brendan on Fri 10th Jan 2014 01:34 UTC in reply to "I like this"
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What's that persona's email? .... Oh yeah, I just need to remember their name. I stopped fearing spam long ago. Ease of use for the win!

Apparently, my email address is "slightly similar" to the email addresses used by several people in America. Because of this I receive things like their login information for various online services, receipts and quotes for their personal transactions, their University enrolment information, details concerning recently deceased relative's wills (their inheritance), etc.

I can go back through the emails I've received over the last few years and match the information I've accidentally been sent to build up a profile of each intended recipient, and end up more than enough information about most of them to steal their identity. I can also cancel University enrolments, disconnect their electricity account, change them to "homosexual" on various online dating sites, etc.

Now, how many people do you think have a name like "Andrew Clunn"? Some hairy guy in Germany called Andree Klun is going to be invited to your high school reunion instead of you.

- Brendan

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