Friday, January 10, 2014

Email from Google+ circles - No thanks.

Just received an email from Google touting the new FEATURE of GMail:
Starting this week, when you're composing a new email, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients, even if you haven't exchanged email addresses yet.
Until today I have never been worried about random people adding me to their circles on Google+. I mean who cares if some random guy from some country you never heard of added you to their circles. Doesn't matter. Right? They couldn't see my status, posts, pictures or anything that I share with my circles except  for what is shared publicly. But not now. Now (s)he can send me an email. Sure they can send me just one email and can't start another conversation with me unless I respond to their first email but my inbox is already too littered as it is and I don't want even a single unwanted email coming in my direction. And even if you limit the number of unwanted email from one account to just one, what is stopping spammers from creating new accounts for just one email per person?And if I want someone to be able to talk/email to me, I will share my email address with them, so stop forcing Google+ on me. Microsoft is already making a good case for their email service with really nice interface and no spam (so far).

Those of you who share this sentiment, nip it in the bud. Turn it off. For doing this just go to your gmail account, then go to Settings. Under general tab you will find a setting for Email Via Google+. Turn it off.

And for fan of memes, here is something that pretty accurately describes my feelings at the moment.

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