Gmail will soon let you email G+ contacts, even if you don’t know their address

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 9, 2014

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The integration of Google Plus into every Google product continues, with Gmail users set to receive the ability to send messages to contacts in their Google Plus circles.

In a post on the official Gmail blog, Google announced a new feature called Email via Google Plus, coming soon to Gmail for the web and mobile apps. The idea is simple – you will be able to send emails to your Google Plus circles, even if you don’t know their email address. Simply start typing their name in the “To” field, and the app will populate the dropdown with matching Google Plus profiles.

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This new feature shouldn’t be a threat to privacy, in theory – your email address will only be shown to the contacts that you’ve sent emails to, and the other way around. So, that stalker who’s been following on Google Plus won’t get your email address unless you respond to their message.

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If someone whom you don’t follow back sends you an email via Google Plus, their message will end up in the Social inbox, if you enabled Gmail’s multiple inboxes feature. If you don’t reply nor add that person back, he or she won’t be able to message you again.

Finally, the ultimate control measure is to disable the function altogether. You will have the option to accept emails from extended circles (people in your circles and people in their circles), your circles, from anyone on Google Plus, or from no one on Google Plus.

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The feature should roll out to all users over the next couple of days; when you can use it, you will receive an email from Google with a link to the new setting.

Google has received a lot of flak for pushing Google Plus integration across its product set, most notably in the case of Search and YouTube. However, true to its pledge to make Google Plus the social spine of the entire Google ecosystem, the Mountain View company has pushed on. At the last official count, Google Plus had 300 million users active in the stream according to Google, though some have questioned the way activity on the social network is defined.

  • Brendon Brown

    Great ! Now strangers can bug you or you can get spam mail easier!

    • AndroidBoss

      Hopefully not lol.

    • Riki Sutton

      Hopefully you would only be able to email people who added you to their circles as well. That should prevent spam

  • Andre

    How about the other way around.
    Make G+ address easier to remember so I can share my G+ page address instead of e-mail address on my business card.

    I always feel strange with G+. Google push G+ everywhere but they don’t make it easier for -everyone- to remember the thing. I’ve been gmail user since 2008 yet I can’t personalize my G+ address because of that stupid ‘followers’ requirement..

  • smokebomb

    “Finally, the ultimate control measure is to disable the function altogether.”

    The minute it’s rolled out I’m turning it off.

    • A googler

      Another example of unwanted and unnecessary “features” being imposed on us with no consultation, Google really pisses me off sometimes

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        yes, i agree. i dunno if you know that if you review on playstore, then you send emails with someone, they can view all your reviews as upper reviews when they check the apps. the most important problem is that this feature doesn’t need that you add them in contacts or on g+. you only need to send email to someone else, and he’ll see all your reviews in playstore as upper reviews.

        for example i sent some emails to my teacher, and she did the same. so now we both have as upper review our reviews.
        you got that? i dunno well how to explain it in english. hope you got that

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      how can i do that too?