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

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 shmerl
by ddc_ on Tue 14th Jan 2014 00:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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Why the hell would you only be using IMAP!?!?! Do you dislike most of features of GMail that make it stand out?

The only feature of Gmail I like is its filters, which are much more flexible then what you get with other webmail services. Gmail's webui is slow, too fragile on poor connections and too fancy. It only supports top-posting, mangles long lines and does horrible things to quoted text. Its "unread" counters count threads, not messages. It uses left/right arrows for navigation between messages, which are otherwise arranged vertically. And its basic HTML version unexplicably doesn't work with lynx. I can't imagine any possible feature that could outweight these drawbacks.

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