Trust Google Goggles to gag your e-mail goofs

2008-10-17 00:00

Ever sent an e-mail to your ex that you regretted the next morning? Or completely goofed an opportunity with your major crush? Gmail engineer Jon Perlow has, and has addressed the issue for all those using Google’s mail service (Gmail).

He has come up with a system to stop people sending messages they might regret in the morning when they have sobered up - Google Goggles.

Writing on a Google blog, Perlow 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 e-mail to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together.

“When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you’re really sure you want to send that late night Friday e-mail. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems …?”

Google Goggles makes the user solve some easy maths problems before allowing them to send a message – and if they cannot solve the problem, then they will not be allowed to send mail. The facility is only available late at night or at weekends.

Mail Goggles, currently in a testing phase, can be activated by Gmail users by clicking “Settings” at the top of a Gmail page and then going to the “Labs” section.

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