Google Plus and Gmail, Sitting in a Tree

Dante D’Orazio, reporting for The Verge:

A new Gmail setting lets you choose whether you want people to be able to send an email to your Google+ profile — even if they don’t have your email address in their contacts. […]

By default, the setting will allow anyone on Google+ to send you an email through Gmail. To be clear, Gmail users will be able to type anyone’s name into the recipient field and even if you don’t know that person’s email address. Google will auto-suggest the names of Google+ users, though your actual email address will not be revealed unless you reply to the email.

This has to be a mistake. Surely Google will change this from opt-out to opt-in.

Thursday, 9 January 2014