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To Keep Gmail Inbox Under Control, Adjust Google+ Setting

Earlier this month, the Gmail blog announced that by more tightly integrating their social media platform, Google+, with their web-based email service, Gmail, they’ve made it possible for you to “[r]each the people you know more easily.”

I can understand why they didn’t title their announcement “Now anyone on Google+ can send you email without knowing your email address,” but that would have been just as accurate. You see, the default setting in your Gmail account is to allow anyone with a Google+ account to address a message to you at your Gmail account just by typing your name in the To: field; Google+ will helpfully fill in the rest.

Oof.

I suspect many — if not most — of us already feel like we’re suffering from email overload, and this new feature just seems like a way to make that overload even worse. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to adjust your Gmail settings to avoid this problem.

Step 1: Go to the “Settings” section of Gmail

Step 2: Stay on the “General” tab of the “Settings” section

Step 3: Scroll down to “Email via Google+” and adjust accordingly

And that’s it. Of course, you may instead decide on a setting other than “No one,” making it easier for people in your Google+ “Circles” to email you.

What setting will you choose for “Email via Google+” and why? Let us know in the comments!

[CC-licensed Flickr photo by David Goehring]

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