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article imageGmail: You no longer need someone's address to send them an email

By Kev Hedges     Jan 10, 2014 in Internet
Google is about to make it a whole lot easier for strangers to send you an email. Likewise, you will soon be able to send an email to someone, even if you don't have their address.
It's a new Gmail feature that will let you type anyone's name into the "To" field (when you compose your email) and then you can send them an email. However, it will also mean you could get many received from others. The emails, thankfully, should not land in your Gmail inbox, but in a newly set up "social" tab, you may have noticed was introduced as an addition to your Gmail a few months back.
The service is expected to go live within the next week and it has been confirmed — and this is the important bit — that by default, anyone on its social network will be able to send messages to your Gmail inbox.
Google is actually promoting the new service by letting you "reach the people you know more easily."
There will be an option on Google+ where you can select who you can email via your Google+ profile, with the options being anyone on Google+, extended circles, circles only or no one. You will notice when using this feature that the "anyone on Google+" selection will be automatically ticked by default! However, if someone who is within your circles emails you then these will land in your primary email inbox at Gmail.
The Verge magazine reports that the new feature is certain to cause a great deal of controversy similar to its failed and now-defunct service Buzz.
Last October, Google upset many users by introducing a refreshed log-in page where you can sign into to all services with your one account, causing mayhem for those with more than one email address on Google.
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