[Ed. – Prepare to be contacted by perfect (and imperfect) strangers.]
Gmail users can now send and receive emails from their Google+ contacts without knowing their email address.
“Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients when you are composing a new email,” explained Google Product Manager David Nachum in a blog post on Thursday.
The new feature will be turned on automatically and aims to help people who already know each other, but do not have each other’s email address. When users type in an email recipient, Gmail will also suggest Google+ contacts as recipients.
Fortunately for some, there are controls in place to stop users from being flooded from messages. Users can opt out by modifying their email settings, therefore deciding to receive emails from “Anyone on Google+”, those in “Extended circles” or “Circles”, or from no-one on Google+.