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 Brunis on Sat 11th Jan 2014 10:36 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!

Hehe jep, i guess Thom wants you to dial information services at the local phone company and use the exact same feature google just implemented except it's free and a lot faster.

This is genius. So i must be braindead.

And i don't miss the days where i had to maintain my own adressbook on my nokia phone, no sireee.

Thanks to google everyone i write or that write me are easily found on my android phone too.

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