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Really thrilled to see these deeper G+ email integrations... Of obvious use to me is the ability to fully interact with posts from my Gmail desktop inbox.

But surprisingly, being able to quickly comment-via-reply from ones mobile inbox is also hugely useful and impactful. Enjoy!
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In my case, I don't see the use. I use the G+ mobile app which takes care of notifications and commenting/replying. Also, the notification bar across Google also allows for this.

I'm sure others will have a use for it, though.
 
Indeed, another welcomed improvement. You guys are definitely contributing greatly to the enhancement of the G+ experience.
Many thanks. +Bradley Horowitz
 
The new feature is really great. But I'd be surprised if you turn on the email notification function. I can't imagine how many mentions you receive every day.
 
As wonderful as this update is, I think the ability to share photos has been broken by Google+ Photos, and should be higher on your priority list of updates.

Google needs to re-integrate some basic photo-sharing features that used to exist with Picasaweb. I know picasaweb is still working in the background, and technically I could still use it (although album links now redirect to the Google+ photos album), but why, when I share albums through Google+ Photos, do my friends/family get error messages? And why is there no easy way for them to zoom into photos (without downloading the full size), or starting a slideshow, or downloading the whole album if they wanted to?

Seriously, it's getting on my nerves, and I've been forced to use Flickr lately for photo sharing purposes... this is an absurd omission from Google+.

By the way, if Google "drive" is mimicking a computer harddrive in the cloud, why wouldn't my photos be listed/organized there? Is this going to roll out later? Another failure of Picasaweb, even, is the inability to organize albums in folders...

Sorry, lots of ranty comments in there. I actually really like the ability to reply to G+ updates through email, truly, but there are just so many other misaligned things with Google+ that need to be addressed for me to be excited here...
 
+Melissa Tullio By the way, if Google "drive" is mimicking a computer harddrive in the cloud, why wouldn't my photos be listed/organized there? Is this going to roll out later?

Do you really want it to? Google Drive is intended for files of types not handled by things like Picasawep or Google Docs. It also has a fixed size before you run out of space and must purchase additional storage. If your photos on Picasaweb get magically added to what is on your Google Drive, what happens?

I don't really want the level of integration you seem to be asking for. I need two things: places to store files of various types, which may be local or on the cloud, and an easy way to know what files I have, and be able to manipulate and share them, without having to care too much where they reside.
 
+Dennis McCunney I bought extra storage specifically to create a cloud backup of my photos, before Google+ came around... and then lost a lot of functionality with the launch of Google+ Photos.

Extra storage should be available/accessible across google products, no? Also, Drive could act as a pointer (not actually create a copy of photos) - to link to albums/thumbnails of photos, for example...
 
+Bradley Horowitz This feature was really useful if I could specify from which circles I get email notification. I get dozens of comments and mentions every day and just have to turn off the email notification feature.
 
+Melissa Tullio Fair enough. But I don't think Google Drive should act as a pointer - it's a storage medium, not an index. I think what you want is precisely such an index, that includes both things stored on the cloud and things stored locally, and that's a somewhat different matter. The point to such an index is not having to care where a file lives - you can get to it and manipulate it through the index.

Under Windows, I have a start on something like that using Google Desktop. It indexes my local files and provides a Google Search page that can combine what I have locally with things found on the web.

It's an area I think Google could address. I have an assortment of things up under Google Docs and Google Sites which are actually stored on the cloud, and being able to get a list of all of them in one place would be a boon. I don't do a lot of photosharing, so integrating Picasaweb isn't a concern here, but it's the sort of thing that ought to be included.

I don't care about folders for photos, however: GMail solves that with labels and filters, and a similar solution would apply to images. A picture might well appear in more than one folder.
 
Nice. But I think it should be clearer who you are sharing your answer with (who has access to the original post).
That was a problem appearing also on Buzz, and people got confused...
I hope that could be improved.
 
+Dennis McCunney Good point about using Google drive to help sort folders using labels/collections. If I could do the same with photos, that would be brilliant. Also will look into this Google desktop/search you speak of! (although also a little weary having Google control my life in this way on my desktop, yet I'm already going down that road anyway.. :p)
 
+Bradley Horowitz, I see, but don't forget that this is inside an email interface, where people is used not to share anything public, and to see "right there" the list of contacts who will "receive the message"...
 
+Melissa Tullio The big issues with Google Desktop are that it's Windows only, and there is no official way to specify where the database it creates and uses is kept. The location is in a Windows registry key, and if you change the registry key you can put it where you like. I specified a top-level directory which was a compressed NTFS folder, It worked fine, and helped a lot in terms of space usage, since it's the sort of data that compresses well. Since the databases it uses can get big (multiple gigabytes), and I was having it index my GMail posts as well as my file system, storage was a concern.

I haven't played with Google Drive yet, so I can't say anything about how it organizes stuff, but using the same method as GMail (and Google Docs, for that matter) would seem likely.

On the Windows side (I'm up under Linux at the moment), I use two methods for indexing. Google Desktop is used to let me find content in files. An open source program called Locate32 (designed to emulate a similar program in Linux) is used to index file names and locations. Sometimes I want to knew whats in the file. Sometimes I know what's in it but don't recall where it lives. (Locate32 creates a local file index. It doesn't see the web.)

As far as "Google controlling my life", it's not a concern here. From where I sit, privacy concerns are over blown. The three areas I have privacy concerns are finances, health, and my sex life. The first two are in the hands of my banks and doctors, who have strong legal incentives tio keep them private. The third never gets on line to begin with. :)

For the rest, I'm an open book, and a Google index is a feature.
 
Like Ms. +Joltrast . said in the comments to the original post, a really great step would be to enable people outside of Google+ to engage more fully with the notifications they get from me once in a while. This might draw them in!
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