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Email Anyone on Google+
By: Jessica Cherok
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With all the buzz about Google buying Nest, you may have missed their recent announcement about the new feature allowing anyone with a Google+ account to email anyone else with a Google+ account. Anyone.

Google, who once touted Google+ as a more private alternative to Facebook, announced on its blog last week that it will start offering suggestions from people within the Google+ network when Gmail users type addresses into the email. The suggestions will include anyone on Google+ who has not opted out of the feature.

According to Google, the feature is meant to make it easier for users to find friends and other contacts (ahem, strangers) whose email information they never even knew to begin with.

This feature is seen as yet another move by Google to become an omnipotent online presence. For many, the feature is downright creepy. Users expressed concerns over their privacy, saying that they do not want their email information to be made available to anyone with a Google+ account.

Users are able to opt out of having their addresses shared across the Google+ network by changing the feature in their account settings.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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