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: My major gripe with G+ is
by elzurawka on Fri 10th Jan 2014 22:54 UTC in reply to "My major gripe with G+ is"
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I agree. Google merging all its services under one account is not what i signed up for when i got gmail year ago.

Recently i went through all my Google account data and purged all my search results, deleted my Youtube channel, and cleared all my history for anything I could. Does Google still keep a copy somewhere? Probably...

But I am working on a master plan to remove Google from my life where possible

Duckduckgo for search, and if i have to use Google make sure to log out.

BBM is starting to replace Gtalk, i only wish there was a desktop client

A personal domain with self hosted email is what i use for important, personal email messages. I think Google will slowly turn into a spam account, just like what happened with my Hotmail account.

I am not a social media kind of guy. I closed/deleted my Facebook account years ago, and now the only network i use is reddit. Why reddit? Because it allows for some anonymity.

To be honest, I'm getting to a point where i would rather pay someone 20$ a year for a secure, mail only service online which i know is secure, and not data mined, then get free email from Google.

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