10/09/2008: Google implements preventative “drunk emailing” feature!
Today an engineer named Jon Perlow at Google Labs unveiled a new feature to Google’s email service called “Gmail.” This innovative feature is something that I’m sure everyone wishes they would’ve had at some point in their lives. Perlow wrote the feature because:
“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.”
Now, one could argue that such a feature is unnecessary but it’s great that the coders over at Google are allowed to have a sense of humor and can express themselves creatively at work. The feature is pretty simple and works like this:
“When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you’re really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you’re in the right state of mind?”
So, assuming that the user is intoxicated to the point where he or she is unable to perform basic math, the feature will not allow the email to be sent. “By default, Mail Goggles is only active late night on the weekend as that is the time you’re most likely to need it. Once enabled, you can adjust when it’s active in the General settings.” Of course this feature is just for fun and is completely optional to use at all, but it’s great knowing it’s there if I need it!
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