Last Updated Oct 23, 2009 1:06 PM EDT
I suppose somehow, at some point, I sort of agreed to this by clicking, or not clicking, on some box in a settings page, but that doesn't make it right. I never asked Gmail to start finding my YouTube friends. In these instances, Google, or any other social network provider with multiple databases at their fingertips, should check first with users to see if this kind of friend-finding interests them, and, if not, lay off. I became a Gmail user in July 2005; Google announced it would buy YouTube in October 2006. In other words, at the time I set my Gmail account, the possibility that it would one day be cross-referenced with contacts of mine with YouTube channels didn't exist. I can't figure out what's going on here, but it's nothing good.
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