Friday, 22 June 2012

Google Plus Spam

Recently I removed Google+ from my Google account. Unfortunately, people are still adding my account to their Google+ circles. (I had assumed they wouldn't be able to do that anymore.) Worse, I now get an email every time they do that. The email has tiny text saying "To change what emails Google+ sends to you, you can always manage email subscriptions on the settings page." with a link. When I click on the link, guess what happens? It goes straight to a "Join Google+" page with no way to turn off the emails (unless I rejoin Google+ I guess) :-(. It's odious.

I'm still getting emails from Linkedin too. These sites are like malaria, once you've had them they're incurable.

11 comments:

  1. Who +1s this page?
    And why would anybody join any service with his/her main email address?
    This way you can't control what gets sent there, agreed.

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  2. It is not just once you have had them. I joined Google+ because it was sending me email about people adding me to their circles before I signed up. Thanks, my “friends”! Telling Google things about me on my behalf that I never intended to tell it myself is a great service. So I joined, for the sole reason of putting some text on my profile to please not add me. This has proven ineffective: people still do. So I now assume (because I never used G+ enough to find out) that the continuing trickle of circle-adds is based on some kind of scummy “upload your address book” feature.

    It makes me mad.

    Do I have to start passing out single-use email addresses to everyone now?

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  3. I've had no problem turning G+ on and off, I honestly can't see how you could possibly be experiencing this.

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  4. I must agree with Robert

    Google Plus is like a SHITTY service out of a third world county!

    Blocked SPAMMER, removed SPAMMER, reported SPAMMER, no way to contact GOOGLE on this issue -- The SPAM just keeps coming and coming!

    Definitely ruins the experience!. GOOGLE PLUS ia absolute CRAP! Did I say CRAP?

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  5. I have the same problem but from the opposite angle.
    I have Google Plus and it gave me a list of people I might want to add so I did.
    What it didn't tell me was that these people were NOT on Google Plus AND that it would email them on my behalf to ask to sign up.
    So now I am the spammer!
    The reason it doesn't work to write on your profile is that it doesn't display your profile when it suggests "People you might know".

    This is Bullshit.

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  6. I've never joined google plus, but my gmail account is continually spammed with top topics, etc, regularly from google plus. clicking on the remove link demands that I join google plus before I can do anything about it!

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  8. I've created a petition for this:

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Google_stop_5_people_you_might_know_on_Google_spam_email/

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  9. Anytime a 'service' is forced upon me it automatically makes me despise it. Good job on the aggressive approach google. I'll never touch the service now just for that reason alone.

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  10. G+ is so retarded.. or pretends to be..
    They try to make me register for g+ all the time, sending emails about what's going on with people around (that i dont even know).. i tried to unsubscribe from this JUNK emailing, but if i click on "change what g+ sends you", i'm directed in to setting up my g+ profile... THIS IS 100% SPAM BEHAVIOR! forcing people to use g+ WTF goole...
    how can i tell google to F***off, i will never want to have a g+ profile!!!
    I was even forced to stop rating and commenting on a couple of sites (youtube, android market) because google insist on me joining g+ to comment.. retarded!
    i dont want email from g+, and i dont want to register g+ to unable my email notification

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