I got a Gmail account long before + and long before Buzz. I have absolutely no idea if Google stuck a + account in there or not. I have Tbird configured to get mail from Gmail. I haven't looked at the web page in a long time. Nor have I updated the Gmail app on the phone. I use Aquamail to get the mail.
Google tried this nonsense with Buzz years ago and got shot down by either privacy legislation or connecting to Buzz without asking if you wanted to opt in or not,
At launch, Google's decision to opt-in its user base with weak privacy settings caused a serious breach of user information and garnered significant criticism - wikipedia
So now they are going in the back door by requiring + for services you might want. But you can NOT use the services.
I already have Yahoo screaming about a public profile. They ain't getting it. Even Iron Browser makes the comment about not using anything like social extensions.
Fx has about:config that lets you tweak.
If you want a public profile, you will have to allow me to state I am a sky blue pink alien from the constellation Libra.
I saw a news article the other day that Google is now in 2nd and 3rd place in social networking. I suppose they will push even harder until they are number one.
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