Starting from today, Gmail users will be able to connect to their Google+ connections via email even if they don’t have an email address for them. This new Gmail feature will suggest your Google+ connections as you start to compose an email.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the feature begins as you start to type your contact’s name, and should you wish to contact or CC one of your connections over at Google+, their names will appear as possible contacts. One thing to note for the privacy conscious, is that your email address won’t be visible to that Google+ connection until you send them an email, and likewise, their email address won’t be visible to you unless they send you an email.
How do I turn this function off?
If you don’t want this functionality on your Gmail account then you can simply turn it off. To do so, head to your settings, and under the General tab (default) scroll down to where you see Email via Google+. Select the drop down arrow and choose one of the choices listed below:
- Anyone on Google+
- Extended Circles
- No One (select this to turn this new feature off)
This latest feature will also take advantage of Gmail’s new Inbox categories, meaning that if someone from your circles emails you then that email will appear in your Primary category. However, if you don’t have them in your circles then it will instead appear in your Social category. If you have disabled Gmail’s Inbox category (something I did on the day it was released as it is annoying) then it will just appear in your inbox as normal.
This feature will start rolling out to all users from today, so don’t worry if you don’t have it yet.
So what do you think of Gmail’s latest feature? Better integration, or potentially a spam generator?