Gmail users can now directly mail Google+ users

Google has announced the rollout of a new feature to Gmail, which would allow users to send emails to Google+ users directly.

According to the official Gmail blog, Gmail users who wish to contact someone on Google+ without knowing their email address can now do so directly through Google's email service. When adding a recipient to the email, Gmail will now provide suggestions from Google+ contacts in addition to the Gmail address book contacts. The blog post mentions that, the sender will not be able to see the recipient's email address unless they get a reply and vice-versa.

As with any social feature available in connection with Google+, there is a privacy setting provided for users to decide who gets to send them emails. Mails received from people who are in the user's circles will be shown in the "Primary" category of the inbox while the ones from people outside the circles will be listed in the "Social" category (if enabled). Users who are worried about being spammed by people outside their circles should note that, a person cannot initiate a second conversation unless the original recipient responds to the email or adds the sender to their circle.

The update is rolling out over the next two days for Gmail users with Google+ profiles and will receive an email notification once activated for their account.

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If folks need to send messages to Google+ users, why don't they do it through Google+? I guess I don't see who this is for exactly.... folks who need to communicate with Google+ users but are throwing a bitch fit about joining Google+ (i.e., Neowin members, apparently)?

Google+ really sucks! After struggling with multiple YouTube annoyances, last week I finally deleted my account. Now I'm happy.

techbeck said,
Yea, this is going to be disabled real soon. I dont need random people emailing me.

Isn't this essentially Google trying to merge G+ messaging into Gmail rather than having two separate systems? From a design POV, I feel like it makes a lot of sense if G+ is really going to be just an identity platform.

It's like Facebook email and Facebook messages being one thing. It makes a kind of sense.

techbeck said,
Problem is, there is a setting to allow anyone to email you. You still have a diff GMAIL address book than you have for G+.

Eh, Gmail has been running on old code for a long time now anyway and is due for some kind of overhaul.

techbeck said,
http://marketingland.com/googl...million-across-google-63354

Looks like 300mil to me. I am expecting people to comment "but how many actually use it?" Same can be said for any product/service. I don't ues G+ and barely use Facebook myself.


In this case, the number "who actually use it" should be those 300 million, since that's the monthly in-stream users (total across all Google services should be ~500 million according to this report).

I don't think one can dismiss people who only lurk in the stream as "inactive" and only count those who post often, since that's not a metric used anywhere else and a whole lot of people only lurk according to the 1% rule: http://bit.ly/1ebhPWJ (shortened Wikipedia link due to parenthesis messing up the link generation)

Anyway, this activity should come as no big surprise to people who've actually given G+ a chance. Many posts there seem to generate more replies than on, say, Twitter in general. Also, classic, long established G+ pages with many followers easily rival Facebook in terms of comment activity.

techbeck said,
http://marketingland.com/googl...million-across-google-63354

Looks like 300mil to me. I am expecting people to comment "but how many actually use it?" Same can be said for any product/service. I don't ues G+ and barely use Facebook myself.

I needed a Galaxy 8 for work, so I bought one last week. I didn't want to give them my credit card, so I bought a Google Play gift card. I had to create an GMail account to activate the device which created a G+ account for me. Then when I tried to enter the code for the gift card it had to activate my G+ account. I have no intention of ever using G+, but by the act of using this new tablet I am considered active. It keeps pushing me updates about my G+ account. I am now 1 of 300M "active" users who will never actively use it. But I know they are funneling data from my Galaxy into my account, because I keep getting notifications that I updated something.

BTW, I love that chart where there is a squiggly line showing growth, and then to get to that 540M user count, there is a completely straight line from Google IO to the date when the number was announced.

No pulling numbers out of their a** there.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

300 million monthly active “in-stream” users: This is the number of people that see/visit the Google+ content stream.

540 million monthly active Google+ users: This is the number of people with Google accounts that interact with Google+ each month in some way on any Google property. That could include leaving a comment on a blog or website that has Google+ comments embedded, commenting on YouTube, or clicking the +1 button on an article or some other web content.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
No pulling numbers out of their a** there.

Funny you questioning these numbers when you accuse Apple/Google fanboys of doing/going to do the same thing the other day in another thread. But whatever.

Steven P. said,
gawd ppl, even Windows 8 wants you to active a user account with a Microsoft ID (and Apple, huh?) what's the big deal??

I see no big deal. One user account for all services and you can choose which ones you want to use. Less to remember. Way things are going. I am sure all services from most popular companies will be integrated at some point.

What is "see" though? Is it my going out and physically viewing the data, or is it the device downloading/uploading data to my account that I don't use, holding that data in storage waiting for me to use it.

I know the big joke is 'I have never seen X being used, so no body uses it' but does anyone actually use or know someone who uses G+? I get people asking for my phone #, my Xbox gamer tag, my Facebook, Twitter, etc. information. But I have yet to have one single person ask me for my G+ information.

And don't forget, this is Google claiming these numbers. We know that Microsoft can repeat information from a 3rd party independent group and it is questioned. You yourself the other day questioned a Forrester report saying Microsoft has more mindshare than Samsung and Apple. But Google says it and it is set in stone absolute truth, and do not question it because Google loves us and does no evil.

Also, why all these "In stream" and other made-up terminology phrases? Why not just say "We had x users personally log in and use the system"?

WhatTheSchmidt said,
What is "see" though?

Read the link and it will tell you. I even quoted part of the link I posted.

Also, why all these "In stream" and made-up terminology? Why not just say "We had x users personally log in and use the system"?

Does it matter?

Studio384 said,
When are you an active Google+ user? When you post on YouTube? I think they count you as active even if you are just checking your mail in GMail.

They explain it in the link I posted.

540 million monthly active Google+ users: This is the number of people with Google accounts that interact with Google+ each month in some way on any Google property. That could include leaving a comment on a blog or website that has Google+ comments embedded, commenting on YouTube, or clicking the +1 button on an article or some other web content.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

And don't forget, this is Google claiming these numbers. We know that Microsoft can repeat information from a 3rd party independent group and it is questioned.

Same info is questioned when something is about Google or Apple. MS is not special and doesnt matter where the source is. If someone hates a company, they will question whatever it does.

You yourself the other day questioned a Forrester report saying Microsoft has more mindshare than Samsung and Apple.

I said I dont doubt the info and it was odd that I couldnt read the report. Someone explained why. I also said I wanted to be able to read the report in order to actually comment more. Here, I will quote what I said...

Not much is stated so really not much to go/comment on. It makes sense considering you cannot look at anything without seeing something from MS. Apple doesnt appear to be doing as much marketing as they used to and Google really has not done to much either. I just would like to see more info without having to pay $500.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
I know the big joke is 'I have never seen X being used, so no body uses it' but does anyone actually use or know someone who uses G+?

Check the G+ communities: the number of communities, the members per community and the number of posts.

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/3764/t868.png

There's a load of people actively using that part of G+ alone.

If you are into, say, macro photography, it's far easier to find and share related works there than anywhere on Facebook.

techbeck said,

Same info is questioned when something is about Google or Apple. MS is not special and doesnt matter where the source is. If someone hates a company, they will question whatever it does.

I said I dont doubt the info and it was odd that I couldnt read the report. Someone explained why. I also said I wanted to be able to read the report in order to actually comment more. Here, I will quote what I said...

So it is the usual you criticize when it is Microsoft, or, in this case, another company saying something positive about Microsoft, but when Google releases their own information, doesn't provide facts to back it up, and so on, it is to be believed.

Your exact quote was:

Not saying the article is wrong...but kind of...odd...that a site says something about a company, then you have to pay 500 bucks to actually read the report.

With Google you can't even pay $500 to read the report, just blindly accept their numbers.

BTW, didn't you slam Microsoft the other day when they released YOY growth and stats, saying you "hate it when companies do this"? But then, Google releases numbers about their growth, and you can't wait to trumpet those numbers and jump over anyone that may question them.

Steven P. said,
gawd ppl, even Windows 8 wants you to active a user account with a Microsoft ID (and Apple, huh?) what's the big deal??

Its only wrong when Google does it.

Steven P. said,
gawd ppl, even Windows 8 wants you to active a user account with a Microsoft ID (and Apple, huh?) what's the big deal??

Microsoft does not feel the need to report monthly the numbers of "active" or "in-stream" users to make themselves look important.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

Microsoft does not feel the need to report monthly the numbers of "active" or "in-stream" users to make themselves look important.

Naa its because their numbers are so embarassing. You know they would do it if they were the ones in the lead.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

So it is the usual you criticize when it is Microsoft, or, in this case, another company saying something positive about Microsoft, but when Google releases their own information, doesn't provide facts to back it up, and so on, it is to be believed.

Your exact quote was

I said I wanted more info to provide my opion either way...why I said "I am not saying the article was wrong" I then replied to someone explaining why you have to pay $500. I thanked him and said I wasnt to familure with Forrester. Hell, I even said that the research about MS made sense (agreeing with it) and you actually replied to that post.

IF you are going to quote me, give the whole story.

With Google you can't even pay $500 to read the report, just blindly accept their numbers.

So quoting an artcle in replies to others is blindly accepting their numbers..good to know.


BTW, didn't you slam Microsoft the other day when they released YOY growth and stats, saying you "hate it when companies do this"? But then, Google releases numbers about their growth, and you can't wait to trumpet those numbers and jump over anyone that may question them.

How is it slamming MS when I said I hate when companies do not release sales numbers? MS released their growth stats yes. I did not question that at all. I like to see sales numbers as that says a lot but companies are not doing this anymore. Google does it, MS does, everyone does it. I like to see more info and I have always commented as such.

Seriously, you are just nit picking trying to start something here. So enjoy yourself

ichi said,

Check the G+ communities: the number of communities, the members per community and the number of posts.

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/3764/t868.png

There's a load of people actively using that part of G+ alone.

If you are into, say, macro photography, it's far easier to find and share related works there than anywhere on Facebook.

People must love Harry Potter on G+. That group has the most members.

techbeck said,

I said I wanted more info to provide my opion either way...why I said "I am not saying the article was wrong" I then replied to someone explaining why you have to pay $500. I thanked him and said I wasnt to familure with Forrester. Hell, I even said that the research about MS made sense (agreeing with it) and you actually replied to that post.

IF you are going to quote me, give the whole story.

So quoting an artcle in replies to others is blindly accepting their numbers..good to know.

How is it slamming MS when I said I hate when companies do not release sales numbers? MS released their growth stats yes. I did not question that at all. I like to see sales numbers as that says a lot but companies are not doing this anymore. Google does it, MS does, everyone does it. I like to see more info and I have always commented as such.

Seriously, you are just nit picking trying to start something here. So enjoy yourself

The issue is that if Microsoft announces a number it is immediately discredited because Microsoft made the announcement. And I will repeat myself since you must have missed it, if a third party announces a number that puts Microsoft in a positive light, then it is either immediately discredited or, as you did, at least questionable. But I don't see you questioning Google's numbers, you are using it as proof that G+ is a wildly popular service, even if there is a mystery about what "in-stream" actually means.

You discredited the sales growth of Windows Phone, saying that any company can grow YOY in the Christmas quarter, then you said you hate it when companies release numbers. Here, we have Google proudly announcing numbers, which in the market Google is in directly correlates to sales (ads served == sales), and you can't wait to tell us how great it is that Google is growing.

It is not nit picking. I am showing revealing though evidence your consistent bias against Microsoft and towards Google, even though you claim that you have none.

techbeck said,

I see no big deal. One user account for all services and you can choose which ones you want to use. Less to remember. Way things are going. I am sure all services from most popular companies will be integrated at some point.

My problem is, I can't ever remember if I logged into whatever service using Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or wait...maybe I made an individual account. FUUUU.....

techbeck said,

Seriously, you are just nit picking trying to start something here. So enjoy yourself

techbeck, buddy. I know we've had our differences, pretty heated differences, but if you're having a case of déjà vu, the guy now following you around trying to make you appear to be this hypocritical Microsoft hater, the guy who goes into threads you haven't appeared in yet to bring up what you said about a different subject because they're all somehow connected, also did so under his nohone and SoylentG accounts. Those two account were banned, so it's probably only a matter of time before his recent one suffers the same fate.

You see, it doesn't matter what techbeck says, it only matters what strawman techbeck says. Someone tried to make Windows Phone look like a failure by pulling out some low sales numbers they made up on the spot. I disagreed and pointed out that Windows Phone sales were a lot stronger then they were claiming. Two months later, Schmitty tried to use that as proof that I agreed that Windows Phone was a failure. You can't reason with someone who talks to them self.

benthebear said,
snip

Wait, so the guy who follows me around, keeping a Nixonian list of people you believe is me, keeping track of all the posts from people you claim is me, you are claiming I am stalking people?

benthebear said,
, the guy who goes into threads you haven't appeared in yet to bring up what you said about a different subject because they're all somehow connected, also did so under his nohone and SoylentG accounts. Those two account were banned, so it's probably only a matter of time before his recent one suffers the same fate.

Yea, after my last post something clicked in my head. But who knows...I am done and people can read my posts and decide what they think for themselves.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
BTW, I love that chart where there is a squiggly line showing growth, and then to get to that 540M user count, there is a completely straight line from Google IO to the date when the number was announced.

No pulling numbers out of their a** there.

Its called a trend. Its a straight line because they can't predict the "squiggles" but they have enough data to predict the direction the line will go.