One of the new Google+ features announced during Google I/O is called “Events” and it’s supposed to be a neat addition for active Google+ users that will let them share event invitations with friends and family and integrate them directly in Google’s Calendar app. That’s how the app should work in theory, but in practice Google pretty much blew it and a fix is required by users that have been annoyed by this unexpected spam source.
Google has thoroughly explained Google+ Events during the event, and it’s understandable why it’s important for the company. With Events heavily integrated in Google+, and considering that there are over 425 million Gmail registered accounts – most of Gmail users probably use other services like Google Calendar, but aren’t necessarily Google+ active users – Google may be aiming to convert more people to actually using Google+.
In addition to support for custom invitations that “would stand out,” the Events feature offers a Party Mode that allows users to share images with everyone attending at event in real time, right from a mobile device.
But apparently Google made Events work in such a manner that the new Events you’re creating, or are invited to, are automatically added to your Calendar. Neat, right? But what if you have a few thousand followers that spam your Calendar – without them knowing – with all sorts of events that you’re never going to attend to? That’s the problem.
Google’s Vic Gundotra said that a fix is coming soon but we have no idea when it’s going to be pushed out. In the mean time you can somewhat fix the problem yourself by turning off “Show events you’ve declined” in your Calendar and the “Automatically add invitations to my calendar” option, to prevent unwanted spam.
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Actually, this issue had already been fixed and rolled out at the time this article was published. Good effort though.