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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My major gripe with G+ is
by Kalessin on Fri 10th Jan 2014 20:31 UTC
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the fact that it's trying to become your online identity. All of the google services get tied into one. You can't hook up a non-gmail address with it. You can't even change which gmail address you use with it. It's now the same account you have on youtube. It's what you use with Android. Etc. While I might like many of Google's individual services, I don't want them to be interconnected, and for most of them, I don't want them to have any clue what my real name is, what my address is, etc. Whereas Google seems to want to basically tie everything together for you in one account.

And since non-Google services can use your Google account as your account for them as well, Google is essentially trying to make it so that you have one account for the whole internet. And I guess that that makes it easier to track what you're up to (which helps them targeted with advertising, which is their main revenue stream), but it sucks for the consumer. I don't want one account for the whole internet. I don't want everything I do online to be tied to everything else that I do online. In most cases, I want to be as anonymous is possible. Sure, with enough metadata, all of that can be tied together anyway (especially by someone like the NSA), but why make that easier for them - especially when it's making easier for most anyone to tie all of your stuff together rather than just large corporations or governments that already do too much tracking.

So, while G+ may be fine in and of itself, I don't at all like how Google is tying it into everything else that they do.

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