Google has recently made some changes to the way that Google+ can connect to Gmail. Now, Google+ users will be able to send email to Gmail users even if they don’t have a Google+ account.

Google+ is Google’s attempt at creating a social network, many believe in response to the success of Facebook. Previously, even if you had a Gmail account your needed to sign up for an additional Google+ account. Likewise, only Google+ accounts could contribute on Google+ conversations. That was clearly a limiting factor and thus the new change that allows Google+ users to interact with Gmail users even if they don’t have a Google+ account.

You can find details about the announcement here:

As with most things these days the default is ‘opt-in’, which means that if you have a Gmail mail account and do nothing Google+ users will be able to contact you. You will need to ‘opt out’ if you don’t wish that to take place. Information on doing that can be found here:

Now is this a good or bad thing? Does it invade Gmail users privacy? Technically, it does but in this hyper-connected world we live in these days and considering other competing services that do the same like Linkedin and Facebook you can understand why Google did it this way.

At the end of the day, as long as you have the option to turn this ‘off’ if you want or you become inundated then there is probably nothing wrong with just leaving things the way they are as seeing what happens.