Google is rolling out a switch to Gmail that will let Google+ members — so, basically anyone with Gmail — to email each other without knowing the address.
The twitterverse immediately erupted in debate at the possible privacy breach this could lead to, and I have to admit, my first thought went to trolls. Media professionals were among the early adopters of Google+, and it’s a great place to share links to your work. But dealing with Twitter and online trolls is already tiring enough for most. Imagine all that hate-filled spam landing in your inbox? Your already jam-packed, stress-inducing inbox? Of course, there are a number of other implications here, too, including the possibility to make new connections and contacts.
Google does offer an easy way to opt out, or to narrow the range of those who can contact you (see the process after the jump, or check out the photo to the right). Also, Google won’t reveal your email address to the Google+ sender unless you reply back to their email. So, in theory, you could just delete it. Read more