Google is not just a search engine – it is much more. The technology giant offers almost all of its services for free. Gmail is a great email service launched in 2004. There are billions of users using Gmail every and new sign ups are increasing rapidly. Another service Google+ is the company’s second stint with social networking after Orkut.
The email service was linked to the social networking platform back in 2012, with a mandatory sign up policy. This meant that the new user will have to create a profile on Google+ at the time of signing up for a Gmail address. This move actually pissed a lot of customers who wanted to keep their emails and social networking separate. But Google+ got its users because of the popularity of Gmail. Most of the profiles created like this in order to complete the process were never used properly.
The good news is that Google has revised its Sign Up policy in September 2014. The users are no longer pressed to make a social profile along with the email account sign up. The Gmail team has added a No, Thanks button to eliminate this problem. Now users have a choice to be or not to be on Google’s social radar. It is actually a great decision because not everybody who signs up for an email account is interested in social media.
Google also linked YouTube comments with Google+ profiles, which made many users uncomfortable. But if you are all out on the web and want to join in the social aspect as well, you are more than welcome to create a profile. For those who signed the petition at Change.org will be glad to see this update in the Gmail sign up experience and may chant – Better late than never!
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