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Mail Goggles: No More Email Regrets

October 7, 2008

Google unveiled on Monday a new utility for people who send email messages they tend to regret the morning after.

Launched by Gmail engineer Jon Perlow, the so-called “Mail Goggles” utility is aimed at preventing users from sending volatile messages to an employer or ex.

Perlow said he designed Goggles with his own weaknesses in mind.

“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,” he wrote.

When Mail Goggles is enabled, it helps users make sure they are in the proper state of mind to send a message by asking them to solve a few simple math problems.

To activate Goggles, Gmail users should click the “Settings” link at the top of a Gmail page, then go to the “Labs” section.

Once enabled, users can set the time of day they think they will need it most.

“Hopefully Mail Goggles will prevent many of you out there from sending messages you wish you hadn’t. Like that late night memo – I mean mission statement – to the entire firm,” Perlow wrote on Gmail’s official blog.

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