And that definitely includes spammers.
"You no longer need someone's email address to send them an email..."
Google+ user? Might want to read this... http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/9/529231 … ign=buffer
What other wonderful ideas will they come up with!
We are looking into this hard. And money for Google can be equaled with a handful of other "platform" advertisers. I am thinking that if I were to start looking for advert dollars I might include Google but not like before. I use them for my searches but am starting to look more specific. I think they are still great but the notion of a monopoly business plan is starting to fade. Just look at HP. They need to expand.
Defaulting people in is a dick move, but at least it does have an off switch.
This is nothing to be considered unreasonable. Only people who you put in your circles will be able to send you email by typing just your name. Anyone else goes into a special social tab rather than your inbox, and you can always change your settings to allow all, or no one.
This is how post sharing has always been done in Google+ anyway. They are just integrating the same methodology into Gmail. And anyone using Gmail has already agreed to the terms of service. Or at least they should have read the terms before deciding to use Gmail.
Gmail is a free email service provided by Google. If one does not like the service, they should get a paid email account. Most Internet service providers, such as cable companies, include email accounts.
It is unreasonable to have a default opt in. Just because someone is in my circle does not mean I want them emailing me.
Psycheskinner - when you finally find the 'off' switch, the default actually says anyone on Google can contact you. You can lower is to just your circles, but if you don't find the valve to shut it off, anyone in the world can spam you.
Marcy, The spam doesn't go into your inbox. Anyone else who is not in one of your circles will go into a special social tab as Google explains.
Except that I turned off the "special tabs" that Google opted me into because I don't want them. I only let people email me if I want to read their emails, and when their emails arrive, I read them. That is how I use email and if Google has a problem with that, well screw them. I use email as a tool in my life according to my needs, not the whims of Google. When that becomes impossible I shall use another service--a change I have made several times in the past before moving to Gmail.
I am an active and intelligent user of technology, not part of the 'complain but then just accept it' crowd.
I posted a thread on this the other day. It's sort of the last straw for me with Google. I actually cancelled my G+ account (too Big Brotherish now). I know that will tank my traffic even further, but we are not talking about a huge cliff for the drop-off.
Glenn, I realize that's how it works, but it's still spam, and a violation of privacy. I don't like getting spam messages on Facebook, either, even though they come in through the message mechanism - and I have my privacy set very tightly there. I block the spammers or the predators.
If the gates open on G+, it means people could have many spammy messages to sift through (in that special inbox), none of which, or only a few of which would be of interest.
The way I see it, all important emails come into our inbox. No need to look at the social tab. Any of those other emails (from people who are not in our circles) will never be seen unless you make an effort to look in that social tab Google created.
The way I see it, if the email is important enough to read I don't want to receive it.
Setting successfully located and turned off.
(Go to gmail, click the cog symbol at top right, select "settings", scroll down to 'who can email' option, and adjust as required).
As mentioned above the default is not your circles, it is everyone on G+ -- spammers, stalkers and sleazeballs included.
Another reason why I am extremely afraid of Google.
Have you noticed that they are buying companies that have an artificial intelligence component to them? Nest Labs is now a Google company. For those who do not know about Nest Labs, they are the makers of intelligent smoke detectors. That doesn't sound bad--but remember a smoke detector is in every room in your building. Now think of an ''intelligent'' smoke detector that knows if there are people in the building, can learn your behavior and act accordingly.
Google knows everything about you- from the emails you send to your address, phone number, google searches and so much more.
Non-Gmail email accounts will only receive emails sent specifically to that email address. For those who do use Gmail and who access it via the web, all you need to do is disable the Social tab and the Promotions tab.
In addition, when I confirmed "who can email me" I saw that I already had it sent to "circles only" - maybe that's because I set it in G+ a long time ago.
Some people say it defaults to "anyone on G+" - but even if that's the case, it is easy to change the setting as psycheskinner mentioned earlier.
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