Google offers salvation from drunken email shame

29. Oktober 2008

LONDON – Google has launched Mail Goggles, a product that will prevent, or at least deter, users from sending regrettable emails while intoxicated.

Mail Goggles activates itself late at night on weekends when many users might have had a few too many drinks, making them more likely to write embarrassing messages to friends or partners. 

It asks Gmail users to answer a series of mathematical questions before their message can be sent. The simple addition and multiplication sums have to be completed within a time limit.

Jon Perlow, a Gmail engineer who created the software, announced the new product on Google’s Gmail blog, explaining that he himself had sent some unfortunate late-night emails.

He said: „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 users can set Mail Goggles to activate at any time they feel they might need protection.

via Brand Republic

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