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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My major gripe with G+ is
by Kalessin on Fri 10th Jan 2014 20:31 UTC
Kalessin
Member since:
2007-01-18

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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RE: My major gripe with G+ is
by elzurawka on Fri 10th Jan 2014 22:54 in reply to "My major gripe with G+ is"
elzurawka Member since:
2005-07-08

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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allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

I agree. Google merging all its services under one account is not what i signed up for when i got gmail year ago.

It is expected. Create a company with a variety of services, why won't you integrate them all?

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...
We are not sure, only google engineers do.

But I am working on a master plan to remove Google from my life where possible
Yes. It is possible.
Duckduckgo for search, and if i have to use Google make sure to log out.
Tried, duckduckgo, but it fall short of my expectations.
BBM is starting to replace Gtalk, i only wish there was a desktop client

Hoping your friends will jump on board. This is the same reason I can't give up Facebook because of friends/families.

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.

Its good to have a personal domain with a personal mail server.
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.

If you have nothing to hide, google is fine, unless you start working for an intelligence agency or something against the law.
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.

Count me in. I can host your domain & server here in my country your domain might end up with a .ph TLD. But we are strong U.S. ally, that would make you think twice before accepting my service.

Edited 2014-01-11 07:59 UTC

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RE[2]: My major gripe with G+ is
by Morgan on Sat 11th Jan 2014 23:37 in reply to "RE: My major gripe with G+ is"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Here's a link to delete G+ and your public profile without deleting Gmail and other services:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/downgrade/


Love Google or hate them, at least they do make it easy to break free from the service. Considering I haven't even gone on Google+ since I gave up on Android, I'm tempted to go ahead and back up my important G+ posts, then pull the delete trigger.

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