Google+ is a bad social network despised by nearly the entire internet.
People dislike Google+ mainly because Google is cramming it down peoples’ throats. Today, you can hardly use YouTube, Gmail, Google Analytics, and other Google programs without having a Google+ account.
And to make matters worse, Google+ is basically just a fancy way for Google to know way more about you than it already does. Great!
That’s what makes this latest story so entertaining: a US man was recently arrested for sending a Google+ invitation. Yes, the headline sounds like something out of The Onion, but it’s not. It’s a real incident that actually happened.
Massachusetts’s Salem News is reporting that local man Thomas Gagnon violated a restraining order against his ex-girlfriend when he attempted to add her to his Google Plus circle.
This is when the story gets great: Thomas Gagnon apparently didn’t even send the invite: Google sent the invite automatically from his account.
Google users have complained about this behavior in the past. Nobody wants to be constantly pestered to join a social network, but that’s what Google has been doing with Google+ since day one. Now, it looks like a man could be sent to jail over it.
It’s unclear exactly how Google+ sends out invitations. Some claim that Google+ sends invitations automatically to anyone you’ve ever contacted. Others say it happens if you tag a friend in a status or photo.
But a surprising number of people have received Google notifications saying things like “Andrea G has accepted your Google+ request!” when no actual request was sent. For most people, that’s a minor inconvenience. But for Thomas Gagnon, it could be a life changing mistake.
This isn’t the craziest lawsuit to ever take place in the litigation-happy world of the United States, but it is certainly ridiculous.