Last week, Google announced its latest feature integrating the company email service, Gmail with its social network Google + that has now more than 540 million active users. According to Google blog post announcing the change, this will make it easier for people who use both service to communicate with their friends. ” Have you ever started typing an email to someone only to realize halfway through the draft that you haven’t actually exchanged email addresses?’ You’re in luck, because now it’s easier for people using Gmail and Google+ to connect over email.”
As expected, right after the announcement, thousands of people rushed into Twitter to share their opinions and tweets about Google’s latest feature. In the overall reactions were not very enthusiastic. As usual, it is the users’ data that is put forward thus rendering privacy and security a never obtained ideal.
From now on, Google + users will be able to simply and directly email other users without the need to have their email address. Google said that users who did not wish to receive emails from other people could switch off the setting. Some privacy advocates claimed that the option should be the other way aroud. Only those who agree to receive emails from other Google + users should have to switch on the feature.
Google excluded Brands from having access to this feature thus saving us from thousands of spams. And those who are particularly active on Google + with thousand of connections such as celebrities will also be excluded from it. So no one will be able to send an email to Johnny Deep or Natalie Portman, sorry!
If you do not wish to receive emails from strangers, then you know what to do!