Drunk Emailer? Let Google Gmail Help!

October 8, 2008 by
Filed under: DAILY Dose of PC News 

Most of us have been there. We’ve had a little too much to drink and next thing we know, we’re typing an email to an ex and asking him/her to get back together or we’re sending a forward to coworkers that could cause major embarrassment the next sobering morning. With that said, Google’s Gmail engineers have devised a plan which will curb drunken emailing.

To prove my point, Jon Perlow, a Google Gmail engineer, wrote on his blog, “sometimes I send messages I shouldn’t send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can’t always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we’re launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.”

Mail Goggles, a Google Gmail new feature, is a new tool designed to force Gmail emailers to answer a few easy math problems before sending an email. Users can change which days this new tool operates, the level of math asked and other basic features. If the math problems are not answered within a specified amount of time, the email can not be sent.

So next time you decide to drink a few too many and you’re on Gmail emailing away, just remember that Google’s new tool, Mail Goggles, will be the savior you need for the next morning.


One Comment on Drunk Emailer? Let Google Gmail Help!

  1. Paul Misner on Mon, 13th Oct 2008 1:02 am
  2. Instead of math problems, reading passages from the Dali Lama on peaceful coexistence might work when I’m about to respond to a coworkers’s message.

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