G+ and Gmail Link - Is it a Good Idea?

Last Update: January 11, 2014

Many of you will have heard of this, already. If you haven't read on.

For those of us with a gmail address, we also have a Google+ account. Over the next few weeks there is a new "service" being rolled out that will connect both of those in a different way, within your G+ account.

What is being introduced is the following -

People who do/don't know you (G+ account holders), will be able to gmail you by typing in your name to a box and selecting from the drop names that appear. In other words they/you won't need to know a persons gmail address, but an email can be sent.. There's definitely value in this, though there are also concerns being raised over it.

My understanding thus far, is that Google doesn't give out your gmail address and you can delete the emails when you receive them. If you reply, then obviously you've chosen to give someone your address.

You need to know that if you don't want this service or wish to alter it, then you must change the settings for it, once it becomes "live" on your G+ account. There are several categories that you can alter in the settings. You can find out more detail at the links below.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/10/privacy-concerns-raised-as-google-makes-it-possible-to-send-email-via-name-search?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/10/google-plus-stop-gmail-users-emailing-you

It'll take a bit of time to get used to this idea and Google may even decide to make changes to its current plans. Time will tell.

Has anyone had this added to their account yet? What do you think of it?

Annie

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georama Premium
A positive idea with restricting people at your command.
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nathaniell Premium
I probably won't be letting strangers email me! Thanks for reminding me of this.
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AnnieB Premium
Yeah, I think for those people that are in several circles and people following them left, right and centre they really must get the settings adjusted at their G+ account.
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jacob4987 Premium
Excellent info thanks .....
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mackiejw Premium
I just read an article on yahoo (I think) where a guy got arrested for non-compliance to a restraining order because Google did exactly that. So the ex got the e-mail and called the cops and the poor guy got arrested.
John
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AnnieB Premium
Yes John I read about that too. Apparently what google is doing now is a "bit different" as you get the choice to opt out/alter the settings. But you must opt out or it's in!
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sasukhram Premium
Sending an email to an ex who has a restraining order against you is not a smart thing to do. Restraining orders (of the ex kind) usually mean have something in there that prohibits or substantially limits contact. Not saying it was justified or not, but if she got a restraining order and he tried to reach out to her by email, there was a possibility she would report him. Just not smart. Better to go through an attorney or friend. Just my $0.02.
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mackiejw Premium
You missed the point that HE did not send the e-mail. IT WAS THE AUTOMATICLY created Google mail AnnieB is talking about. The guy that got arrested even disabled the G+ connection to his ex.

That's what we talking about here
John
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kws123 Premium
Not sure...I get too much mail already
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