Mail Goggles for Gmail – preventing email disasters since 2008

Internet, Websites, Weirdness

mail-goggles.pngGmail’s “Labs” functionality has been underutilized a little, of late. Since the big fanfare when it was released, there haven’t been too many new plugins released. That’s why I’m delighted to reveal that Google has enabled a “Mail Googles” feature, designed to stop you sending emails when drunk.

Once enabled, Mail Goggles is only active on weekend evenings. If you try and send an email between 10pm and 4am on a Friday or Saturday night, the plugin will prompt you with a series of maths questions to see if you really want to send that message. The times, days of the week, and difficulty of the questions are all customizable.

I’ve already activated it on my Gmail account. It’s been a while since I mis-emailed, but I mis-text alarmingly regularly on my mobile phone. There’s something intuitive about writing the name of the person you’re bitching about in the “to” field. Usually, the bitching is entirely unnecessary, and drunken, so I’d gladly postpone it till morning.

What’s the worst text or email mistake you’ve ever made? There’s a great compilation at Think Before You Send. Let us know in the comments, and we can all revel in each other’s misery.

Gmail (via Official Gmail Blog)

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Duncan Geere
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