Tuesday, October 07, 2008

"Google Goggles" Helps Save You From E-mail Regret

I admit that I looked like an idiot the last time I wrote about a new Google feature. But this one appears to be genuine, even though the press release makes it look like a huge joke. I'm the sort of person who isn't often sure what month of the year it is before I take 1.5 seconds' thought, but a little investigation revealed us safe from the month of April, so I'm going to go ahead on this one:

(from the Associated Press)
If you're the kind of person who types tipsy and regrets it in the morning, Google's "Mail Goggles," a new test-phase feature in the free Gmail service, might save you some angst.

The Goggles can kick in late at night on weekends. The feature requires you to solve a few easy math problems in short order before hitting "send." If your logical thinking skills are intact, Google is betting you're sober enough to work out the repercussions of sending that screed you just drafted.


"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 e-mail to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together," [Gmail designer Jon Perlow] wrote when announcing Mail Goggles on a company blog.

Let me get this straight - this one is real, but the far-more-plausible Google Custom Time was a joke?

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