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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I like this
by andrewclunn on Thu 9th Jan 2014 20:53 UTC
andrewclunn
Member since:
2012-11-05

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!

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RE: I like this
by Brendan on Fri 10th Jan 2014 01:34 in reply to "I like this"
Brendan Member since:
2005-11-16

Hi,

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!


Apparently, my email address is "slightly similar" to the email addresses used by several people in America. Because of this I receive things like their login information for various online services, receipts and quotes for their personal transactions, their University enrolment information, details concerning recently deceased relative's wills (their inheritance), etc.

I can go back through the emails I've received over the last few years and match the information I've accidentally been sent to build up a profile of each intended recipient, and end up more than enough information about most of them to steal their identity. I can also cancel University enrolments, disconnect their electricity account, change them to "homosexual" on various online dating sites, etc.

Now, how many people do you think have a name like "Andrew Clunn"? Some hairy guy in Germany called Andree Klun is going to be invited to your high school reunion instead of you.

- Brendan

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RE[2]: I like this
by Macrat on Fri 10th Jan 2014 01:48 in reply to "RE: I like this"
Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27

Apparently, my email address is "slightly similar" to the email addresses used by several people in America. Because of this I receive things like their login information for various online services, receipts and quotes for their personal transactions, their University enrolment information, details concerning recently deceased relative's wills (their inheritance), etc.


I used to think my name and spelling was rather uncommon..

Until I started getting confirmation e-mails of people entering my e-mail address for new accounts…

Then of course my login ID I made up in the late 80's that for a decade people thought was silly, now has a line of people wanting to take for themselves.

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RE[2]: I like this
by Kalessin on Fri 10th Jan 2014 20:21 in reply to "RE: I like this"
Kalessin Member since:
2007-01-18
RE: I like this
by Brunis on Sat 11th Jan 2014 10:36 in reply to "I like this"
Brunis Member since:
2005-11-01

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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