Google Forging User Connections With Gmail, Google+ Merge

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has rolled out a change to its Google+ service that may scare some users and excite others. The Mountain View, California-based company announced in a blog post Thursday that it is now making it easier for people using Gmail and Google+ to connect over email, even if users don’t have each others’ email addresses.

Google Product Manager David Nachum said Thursday in a blog post that Gmail will now make suggestions for Google+ connections as recipients when a user is composing a new email. A person doesn’t have to have a user’s email address for him or her to be considered a Google+ connection, the user only needs to have been added by the Gmail user to a “Circle” of contacts on Google+, the company’s social network.

That means that as long as a Google+ user knows your name, he or she can email you once you’re added you to that person’s Circle. This helps explain why Google announced earlier in January that all Gmail users will automatically be given Google+ accounts.

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