Have you ever sent an email only to realize later on that you shouldn’t have sent it at all? These things usually happen when you’re sending mail at the heat of your emotions, or when you’re sleepy, or funnier but plausible still, when you’re drunk!
It kind of makes you wish you have a Microsoft Exchange server which gives you the ability to “recall” your mail, which is a reactive solution.
But if you want things done proactively, then here’s yet another reason to use Google mail or Gmail. They’ve added a new application tool in their arsenal, called Mail Goggles, that proactively tries to prevent you from making that email blunder.
When enabled, Mail Goggles will make you solve a couple of math problems after you click “send” to make sure that you’re sober or at least in the right state of mind.
But what if you’re “mathematically challenged” you say? The good news is you can set the difficulty level to suit you, the bad news is it won’t go any lower than 1. Well, tough luck, you might as well let another person do the mailing for you then. Kidding aside, this is one neat tool that can save you from humiliation.
Just follow these 4 simple steps to enable Mail Goggles in Gmail:
- Click “Settings” in the upper right corner of the Gmail window.
- Click on the “Labs” tab of the Settings page.
- Scroll down the Labs section until you see the “Mail Goggles” feature and select “Enable”.
- Scroll down to the bottom part of the Labs section and click on the “Save Changes” button.
By default, Mail Goggles is only active on weekends (Friday and Saturday) from 10PM to 4AM, since this is the time when you’ll most likely need it (after partying hard). Once enabled, you can adjust its settings by going to the Gmail General Settings tab.
Once everything’s done, you won’t have to worry about inadvertently sending that hate letter to your boss, or that private, steamy love letter to your entire address book.
Now if only they had text or sms goggles. 🙂
Official Gmail Blog: New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret