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Google aims to put a stop to drunken emailing

Posted By: Claudine Beaumont at Oct 7, 2008 at 18:06:01 [General]

The problem with living in an always-on, hyperconnected world is that we sometimes feel compelled to communicate with other people, even when we shouldn’t.

Like when we’ve had one too many glasses of wine, for instance. We’ve all tearfully phoned, emailed or texted someone when slightly pickled, only to bitterly regret it the following morning.

As has Jon Perlow, a software engineer working on Google’s Gmail email service. His team has come up with a clever feature that will act as a last line of cyber defence against ill-advised electronic missives.

Gmail users can now enable “Mail Goggles”, an application that automatically springs into action late at night, at the weekend, to stop drunken emails before they leave your inbox. It will present users with a series of maths problems that they need to answer before the email can be sent. Now, if you’re sober in mind and spirit, these problems will be easily solved, but to merry emailers, the difficulty level might be just enough to put them off sending that message.

Admirable stuff, but Google needs to come up with a way of preventing drunk dialling if it really wants to make the world a better place.


October 7, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. I actually was reading about that yesterday when doing research for a project about google.

    The Google Goggles are actually part of there “lab” functions that is in the gmail settings. Along with Google Goggles they also have sent there time ever so wisely to create “Snake”. The game you (or at least I did when I was in my first year in high school) on your cell phone. You have a long snake, and you try to catch this dot. The more you catch the dot the longer your snake becomes.

    There are other tools in the “lab” that they have created but that is just another one that stood out to me.

    Maybe when the G1(google phone for t-mobile) comes out they might enforce drunk dialing as an “application”. Someone should use Android and develop the software for all smart phones.

    Comment by itsstephanie | October 9, 2008 | Reply

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