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I frequently share photos from Instant Upload with my Family circle (which has 7 people in it). Every time I do this, I make sure that Also send email to Family is unchecked. However, every time, I hear back from a few people that they got an email notifying them about my post. I checked my wife's account, and in addition to the email she received, she has a notification that I shared my post directly with her.

Why is this? I don't want to spam my whole family every time I post. Is this a known issue, and is there any way that I can work around it?

I have submitted feedback to Google regarding this and have received no response.

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Do you mean that they are receiving TWO email? One that you have shared something, and one that says you're shared something directly? –  OnenOnlyWalter Oct 26 '12 at 22:24
    
@OnenOnlyWalter, no I mean that she's receiving one email, and when I look at her Google+ notification, it says that I shared a post with her directly. –  Eric Oct 27 '12 at 16:03

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Sounds like your family will need to edit their email notifications settings. This can be done by going to:

Google+Settings (Gear) → Edit your Receive Notifications options

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Each person will have to do this though, since the notifications are controlled on their side. This will allow them to continue to receive notifications in the top right (red square) but not in their inbox.

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I have easy access to my wife's Google+ account, and can confirm that she does have email checked if someone "Shares a post with me directly". I guess my problem is - why are my posts being shared directly with everyone in my family circle? I'm not tagging anyone when I post, and I simply share the post with my entire Family circle. –  Eric Oct 27 '12 at 16:02
    
Sharing to a circle is sharing with them directly. As long as you have added a name to your circle, they will continue to be notified. Sharing with someone indirectly means either sharing publicly or to your "Extended Circles" –  OnenOnlyWalter Oct 27 '12 at 16:40
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Really? Well that would certainly clarify it - so any time you share a post with just your circles, everyone in your circles will be notified? Seems pretty broken, but I guess I'll just have to live with it. –  Eric Oct 27 '12 at 18:56
    
IMO it's not broken, just up to the receiving user to decide whether they want to get email notifications for things shared with circles. It certainly helps me to know when people are sharing with me. –  OnenOnlyWalter Oct 28 '12 at 3:10
    
It should not be up to the receiving user. When I post, and I uncheck the box that says Send Notifications or whatever, g+ should NOT send notifications! –  tufelkinder Jun 11 at 17:33

Chances are that all your family members are not on Google+. If a person is not on Google+, they may receive an email notifying them of your post and inviting them to Google+. Secondly, you cannot restrict email notifications to your family members (if they are on Google+). They would need to change their email notification settings to restrict such notifications.

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  • Most people think about sharing sth with their circles the same way they would share sth with their friend group on facebook: the shared post should not be public but this doesn't mean that it directly concerns every friend in the list.
  • The message of the email notification is confusing. People think that their friend has sent the post directly to them. They don't realize that is is shared with dozens of other persons.
  • And many people don't know that they can manage email notifications.

I think email notifications for this kind of shared post should be an opt-in option. Furthermore, the text of the notification should explain that a friend "posted something on Google+" instead of saying "shared something with you"

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