Another Google Labs feature to protect you from yourself!

April 10, 2009 at 9:25 am 1 comment

So, I’m sure all of you remember that I wrote about Google implementing a preventative feature into Gmail that forces users to answer a few math problems prior to sending emails after a certain time on the weekends. Well, Google has expanded on this with a new feature that allows users to “unsend” emails! Here’s a quote from the official Gmail blog:

“An email to the wrong Larry pushed me over the edge. I could undo just about any other action in Gmail — why couldn’t I undo send? Many people agreed, including Yuzo Fujishima, an engineer in the Tokyo office. My theory (which others shared) was that even just five seconds would be enough time to catch most of those regrettable emails.”

Now, Gmail has exactly that: a five second window in which you can choose to unsend an email. Sent an embarassing email to an ex? What about one to a manager to tell him or her what you REALLY think? Chances are you’ve regretted sending an email immediately after sending it. While the window is pretty short, five seconds is generally enough time to realize that one has made a mistake, although in my opinion, they should allow the user to change the duration of the “undo” feature. Now, technically, Gmail doesn’t really have the ability to “unsend” emails at all. With this new feature, the outbox simply waits five seconds before attempting to send the email, so after the five second window has passed, there’s no going back.

Do you guys think that five seconds is a good ammount of time, or should users have the option to make the window longer?




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  • 1. Skippy  |  April 13, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I think five seconds is plenty of time to realize that you’re gonna get fired after your boss reads your drunken emails about how much you hate the new layout of the store and how much you hate working Saturday nights when you can be going out with friends and then returning to home to send him more emails.


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