I still have no idea how Google+ works. At this time I am glad I never bothered.
Supposedly Google has updated their wonderful social service to integrate with Gmail. The idea is that you should be able to contact a fellow Google+ user without the need to share email. All those asshats that you have followed or plussed or whatever the hell you do will show up in your Gmail contacts. Oh joy.
I can only imagine what the financial reasons for this was. Seriously, I can only imagine because they don’t do anything unless there is a way to put their stupid ads in front of eyballs. I am so happy with DuckDuckGo and Startpage it almost makes me weep thinking about it.
On Facebook I follow a number of people that I would never want to email me unless there was a mutual exchange. All of a sudden having everyone I follow have access to my email would suck. The potential for spam, I would think, would be considerable.
I’m sure there are opt-outs and settings you can click and flick. But Google’s abject disregard to privacy is stunning. Well actually it’s not. Wasn’t it their former Chief Eric Schmidt who made fun of privacy? I mean, hell, if you are using Google at any level you pretty much forfeit your online privacy.
Yet another stellar reason for using Outlook.com if you are so inclined to use a free email service. Privacy with Outlook, and Ymail for that matter? I think only slightly better than Google. But I’ll take it.