We have to admit, we keep having trouble typing the name of this. We keep typing Mail Googles
. We also have to admit: if this were April 1st, this would be an obvious prank. That said ...
Anyone remember when on Friends
Rachel got drunk and left Ross a voicemail telling him she had
"closure" over their non-existent relationship? Well, that's called
"drunk dialing." In a "not-that-useful-but-at-least-offbeat" Gmail Labs
"feature," Google is introducing Mail Goggles, which aim to prevent you
from "drunk emailing."
To access it, you go into Settings, and
then the Lab subsection. Scroll down and you'll see it (by default it's
disabled). Enable it, and now you're "protected" from sending an email
you're going to regret, whether it's because you're intoxicated or just
When enabled, and when the time is right, you'll have to answer a few math problems before the email will be sent.
What do I mean by "when the time is right?" The feature only works
during certain periods. Once you enable Mail Goggles in Labs you will
be able to change that period in your General Settings tab. You can
also change the difficulty of the question, if you want to challenge
A nice albeit questionably useful feature, but I think they need to add
such a feature on their Android platform. After all, someone's probably
more likely to send an SMS from their cell phone while drunk than boot
up their PC and send an email.