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.