I also noted this. I assumed it had something to do with my logging in to the Google Talk app on my new Android tablet, but I guess that wasn't it.
My Google Talk buddy list was full of people from Google+ as of this morning. I saw at least a dozen people I don't usually see there (from Pidgin on Linux). Did Google announce this change? Did anyone else see this?
I can't think of anything I did that was different between yesterday morning and this morning. . . launch Pidgin, log into Google Talk. The change must have been on Google's end.
They've been merging a lot of different services... Remember, all apps/svcs are or will be sharing info. It makes sense, really. Though the best thing to do from a user-centric standpoint is to notify the users that something has changed when they use the thing that's changed.
Google says, "If you've noticed that your Chat list is longer, it's likely because you're using Chat in Google+." This isn't true in my case. Or if it was true for a short time, I quickly disabled it. Again, I'm using Pidgin. I just posted this answer: http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/23527/why-is-my-google-talk-buddy-list-now-full-of-people-from-google/23536#23536
I didn't have chat enabled, but I enabled it just now to adjust the privacy settings. Hope that works.
D'oh! This just happened again... maybe because I used the Hangouts app on my new Nexus 5? I thought I was careful to say "don't show people from Google+ in my instant messenger buddy list". Pidgin is full of these people.
Ok, I figured it out... "Who can Hangout with you" in https://plus.google.com/settings ... I had neglected to flip one of my circles to "Send request". See also: Allow your Google+ circles to Hangout with you - Hangouts Help - https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/3111929?hl=en
I now have a person listed in gmail chat. Their olny relation to me is that they have included me in their circles and we shared an email. They are not in any of my circles or in my gmail contact list. I have "auto add contacts" turned off. I have no history of a "chat" with them. Why are they listed?
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