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Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts 339

Posted by samzenpus
from the make-it-one dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced new integration between Gmail and Google+ that sees your social connections show up in auto-complete when you're composing an email. Google says the feature is rolling out "over the next couple of days" to everyone that uses Gmail and Google+."
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Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

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  • Great.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by olsmeister (1488789) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @10:59PM (#45913885)
    Spam City, here we come. Why is this opt-out instead of opt-in? Because nobody would want it.
  • bad bad idea (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jaymz666 (34050) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @11:07PM (#45913927)

    When will they force everyone using any google service to use G+?

    What about all these people that have problems having G+? This could well be the real beginning of the end

  • by barlevg (2111272) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @11:19PM (#45913995)
    Though the obvious response is, "for now."
  • Re:Great.... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by RevSpaminator (1419557) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @11:21PM (#45914007)
    I just opted out.
  • Re:Great.... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by JDG1980 (2438906) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @11:43PM (#45914091)

    Google+: Google's third failure of a social network that nobody wants but Google is going to push by forcing integration with their popular services such as YouTube and Gmail.

    This is the kind of thing that antitrust laws are supposed to stop. Unfortunately, we don't do antitrust enforcement in the U.S. any more, at least not in any meaningful sense.

  • Re:Great.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Rob the Bold (788862) on Thursday January 09, 2014 @11:53PM (#45914129)

    Google+: Google's third failure of a social network that nobody wants but Google is going to push by forcing integration with their popular services such as YouTube and Gmail.

    This is the kind of thing that antitrust laws are supposed to stop. Unfortunately, we don't do antitrust enforcement in the U.S. any more, at least not in any meaningful sense.

    I don't like Google integrating its other -- more useful or popular -- services like YouTube GMail with Google+, but where's the antitrust angle to that?

  • Re:bad bad idea (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Frosty Piss (770223) * on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:09AM (#45914191)

    You aren't actually forced to use G+

    Most Slashdotters aren't actually forced to do much of anything, but that doesn't stop them from bitching about just about everything.

  • Re:Great.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Dachannien (617929) on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:16AM (#45914219)

    Why is this opt-out instead of opt-in? Because nobody would want it.

    Oh, wait, you're talking about Google. For a second there, I thought you were talking about Slashdot Beta.

  • Re:Great.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:18AM (#45914221)
    Obviously, since Google is the only company providing Google+ and Gmail.

    Your pedantry aside, they are dominant in the areas of email and video sharing which are the places they are forcing Google+ integration.
  • Wrong (Score:3, Insightful)

    by tlambert (566799) on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:27AM (#45914251)

    It is no different when people made a stink over Microsoft bundling IE with Windows.

    Wrong

    They do not wield monopolistic power in the marketplace, and they are not leveraging monopolistic power (which they don't have) to obtain a monopoly in another market.

    This is very different from Microsoft, which leveraged it's desktop monopoly in order to try to obtain a browser monopoly, and was convicted of same in a Federal Court.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:27AM (#45914253)

    Just give me GMail.

    Why is it so hard for Google to give me something I want and not something that I don't want?

    Or is this part of Google's plans to increase their Google+ numbers by forcing everyone with GMail to become part of Google+?

    Give it a break Google.

    You were cool.

    But now you're becoming annoying.

  • by tlambert (566799) on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:27AM (#45914259)

    If G+ was market dominant, the argument could be made that by showing completions only from google services was anticompetitive.

    G+ is not market dominant... even among Google employees.

  • Re:Great.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by swillden (191260) <shawn-ds@willden.org> on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:30AM (#45914263) Homepage Journal

    Spam City, here we come.

    Do you circle a lot of people who will spam you?

  • by xeno (2667) on Friday January 10, 2014 @01:19AM (#45914367)

    This.

    I have my own domain and a small rack in the basement, with mail I haven't used much in a while.. but this G+ stupidity might just roust me out of my slumber. I've stayed with Gmail out of inertia mostly; the handy features just barely outweigh the irritation. But it's really, really close. The Gmail interface changes from a year ago still suck. Badly. Google+ is an irritating solution to a problem I don't have, and becoming terribly intrusive. Youtube integration is actively conterproductive, a constant intrusion of personal browsing into potential business activity. When I log into gmail and open up a youtube tab, it constatntly pops up a link to some warplane videos I watched a year ago. So... I can't browse youtube because if I use gmail to communicate with clients for moonlighting gigs, because those who use g+ might see that and think I'm a nut? No thanks.)

    Gmail is a handy web interface to email functions I had thru IMAP a decade ago, nothing more. I could easily switch back. Better yet, I could update the whole mess and run it in a couple of VMs at AWS for pennies a day.

    I hesitate because Google docs is handy for helping my kids on their school reports, annotating, correcting, making suggestions as they work on it.. but really it's a nice-to-have. I would miss it, but if the price for docs is forced use of Google+, it's not worth the hassle.

  • Re:Wrong (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 10, 2014 @03:39AM (#45914725)

    Desktop operating systems: BeOS, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD MacOS.

    By your reasoning Microsoft never had a monopoly to leverage either. Take your double standard and cram it. "Monopoly" in the context of anti-trust and anti-competition laws means "dominant market position", Google has a dominant market position in search, webmail and web video, Microsoft has/had a dominant position in desktop operating systems.

    Apparently you don't understand what wielding monopolistic power means either, but lever let details stop you from getting your frothing at the mouth on.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 10, 2014 @04:54AM (#45914901)

    They used to. Image search was quite nice for a quick and high quality porn fix. Then Google decided to replace "Save Search" with some fucked up "we'll detect if you want to see porn" setting which tends to find lower quality porn then before.

    Google is getting worse every year.

  • Re: Great (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Monoman (8745) on Friday January 10, 2014 @06:06AM (#45915135) Homepage

    Mistakenly use the wrong account ONE time and you probably won't be able to undo the mess it will cause. I didn't like it when my "smart" phone linked my contacts and social apps and I don't like the idea of G+,FB, etc doing things auto-magically for me either.

    This crap is just chasing me away from Gmail and G+.

  • Re: Great (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AvitarX (172628) <me.brandywinehundred@org> on Friday January 10, 2014 @06:10AM (#45915155) Journal

    There's plenty of things on YouTube that I would be embarassed for the world to know I saw I'm sure. Tame or not.

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