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[3]: Comment by wojtek
by wojtek on Fri 10th Jan 2014 10:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by wojtek"
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Once I realised that Google+ wasn't trying to be a better Facebook, I started to enjoy using it. Don't compare it to Facebook, it's really nothing like it.

Think of Google+ as a better Twitter, and suddenly, it makes sense. And it's useful. And the security settings make sense.

As for the e-mail thingy, it's really no different than Facebook Messaging (send someone an "e-mail" to their Facebook account knowing only their Facebook screen name).

The problem - I don't look ad G/G+ as a 'better whatever' - I look at it as a communication platform - we had perfect gtalk that I could talk with all my folks on federated networks but no - google had to break that (well, it's still working but it will cease to exists sooner or later); we have (had?) perfect e-mail platform but no - you will have to transition to closed-facebook-shit where you mainly could communicate with folks on the platform and the rest of messages will end up in 'other tab' (your own words that google is trying to mimic facebook behavoiur somehow). I don't like that. I don't like walled gardens. Period.

I liked google for openess and flexibility it gave me. As for the e-mail - I like the uniqeness and ability to have it as my ID... no need to rely on overlaping "first name last name" where they gonna soon collaps and without more details extracted from users it will be virtually impossible to distinguish who-is-who thus a logical step for google will be to require even more personal data to offer better result/correct match. It looks like reinventing the wheel or, I don't know... why break something that just works (e-mail)?! It's beyond me...

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