There’s a quirk in Google Plus that some might consider a major flaw. I hope Google fixes it or designs some type of work-around feature.
Here’s the set-up. A lot of my friends, family and acquaintances are not on Google+, but I really like the G+ feature that allows me to email people from circles within Google Plus.
And here’s the problem. If I send one of my photos or a link to a story to one of my circles and check the box that says “also email the X people not using Google+,” Google Plus will not allow people without a Google Profile, Gmail account or Google Plus account to click on the link within the email and see the content. When these people click the link in the email, they’re escorted to a Google sign up page. Many don’t want to add another social network, so they don’t get to see my stuff.
So, here’s how to get around that . . sort of. This is useful if you’re using Google Circles like +Mike Elgan.
If you mark your post as “public,” then anyone you include via email will be able to click on the link and see the content.
But there’s a problem with that particular scenario. If I want to share photos of the kids or something I don’t want the whole world to see, I can’t use this particular work-around.
There’s no way to have a private circle receive email Google Plus posts without this public sharing step. (If you’ve found a way, please use the comments below or hit me up on Google+. I’m +phil dunn.)
It’s as simple as this explanation from Anthony Godinho, “if the friends you are emailing to are not on G+ and if your G+ posts are not marked as “Public,” they will not be able to see your G+ posts.