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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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  • Whatever (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Barlo_Mung_42 (411228) on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:19AM (#45913997) Homepage

    That's great Google. Keep trying to make google+ a thing. That's great.
    Can't say I'm happy about how that worked out for youtube but keep trying. You never know.
    I don't care that much anyway. I switched my gmail account to be my spam account a while ago and only check it via outlook any so whatever. Good luck though.

  • Re: Great (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Cryacin (657549) on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:21AM (#45914009)
    I'm just waiting for a conclusive youtube history gets linked in to your G+ display. I'm sure that won't be any cause for embarrassment amongst professional circles.
  • Re:Great.... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:22AM (#45914013)
    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.

    Sorry Google, but I've had I'm jumping ship. Microsoft looks like a saint in comparison.
  • by 50000BTU_barbecue (588132) on Friday January 10, 2014 @12:28AM (#45914047) Homepage Journal
    We run a small condo, 12 units. A few years ago we created a gmail account for the condo administration to communicate with the residents. We used the condo association's legal name as registered with the government. Recently I had to go through the whole "upgrade the account to google+ and you can't opt out" rigamarole. I sent the registration form to google's anonymous and unreachable (except through the one-way web form) to be told the name doesn't meet Google guidelines because they want people to be able to find us.

    Guess what? It's a condo. It only concerns the 12 people who live here. No one else cares about who cleans our carpets and who's complaining about the squeaking hinges on the door over at #201.

    It's so stupid. I downloaded all the documents in the drive but Google doesn't handle french accents too well in file names, AND it creates a flat zip... We lost the whole tree. Oh well, I'll manually re-create it when I migrate over to Yahoo groups.

    You can say what you want about Yahoo, they don't annoy you at the same level as Google.

  • by tlambert (566799) on Friday January 10, 2014 @05:00AM (#45914785)

    That's the point. G+ isn't market dominant, but GMail, Google Search and Youtube are.
    IE was not market dominant, but Windows was.

    I'll give you Google Search, but you don't have to sign into G+ to use it.

    YouTube doesn't seem market dominant, but as long as you aren't commenting, you can use your previously created YouTube account to post videos and they've *claimed* there's no intention to change that, so it's irrelevant (this is a "wait and see" for me).

    GMail doesn't seem market dominant, but I'd be willing to look at numbers if you have them relative to Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail/Outlook.com, and if you can show 75% market share or above, I'll grant you that, though I think that the market for free stuff is more or less infinite.

    I kind of don't see how this is any different from the Yahoo single sign-on or the Microsoft single sign-on that goes across all their properties, other than people don't like having their anonymity stripped away. Neither do I, but then I avoid it by not using merged single sign-on services from any of the three companies in question.

  • by AmiMoJo (196126) * <mojo@world3AAA.net minus threevowels> on Friday January 10, 2014 @08:42AM (#45915435) Homepage

    You are full of shit. I just created a Gmail account without a real name to prove it.

    Email: a38749238467332443@gmail.com
    Pass: supersecure

    Feel free to log in and check it out. The name on it is "Not Real". It is required for email headers. Fake birthday too, which is of course required because minors can't agree to TOS.

    They don't force you to create a G+ account just to continue using Gmail. Obviously they are aware that many Gmail accounts are not personal (they have a whole Gmail for business thing going on) and provide email services for other companies (like UK ISP Virgin) who would not take to kindly to having their customers forced to join G+.

    Unless you have provide some evidence that you were forced to sign up to G+ against your will I'm afraid you have been exposed as a fraud or a chump who didn't see the "no thanks" button.

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