Friday, February 25th, 2011

Google Mail Goggles – Defending You From Late Night Idiocy

Google Mail Goggles

One late night at the office I penned a quick administrative email to our associates. I didn’t expect any responses, certainly not that late in the evening, so I was surprised when an immediate reply came back.

The email from a new associate simply said “I love you.”

I gave this person the benefit of the doubt and wrote back, explaining my assumption that the reply must have been accidental and intended for another recipient. The response that followed was even stranger. One uncomfortable hour later I learned that the associate in question was not the author of the affectionate email.

It only took a moment for some nefarious friend to snatch up the Blackberry and reply to my email in a late night attempt at humor. It is safe to say that attempt failed.

University life pushes many students to new limits of endurance. Late nights are not uncommon, especially as exams draw near. There is also a remote possibility that social endeavors can also lead to the occasional late evening as well. Whether you are sleep deprived from studying or you carelessly leave your phone accessible to your rowdy friends, the last thing you want out there is a sloppy email from the wee hours of the night, with your name stamped on it.

Most students have a Gmail account, but not all are aware of an optional feature that can actually stop you from sending that stupid late night email that you’ll regret in the morning.

You can turn this option on under the Labs tab in your Gmail account settings.

The interface is quite simple. To establish the service, you set the days and hours for the feature under your general settings. Once activated, Google won’t allow you to send an email during your restricted times until you can prove you are sober and alert enough to type coherently.

Before you can send email, you’ll be required to solve a few math problems. Fail to answer the questions correctly and there will be no email for you until morning.

It only takes one stupid email to haunt you forever. If Mail Goggles helps you even once, installing the feature will be well worth the effort.

Charles Gillis
Author: Charles Gillis
Charles Gillis is the Executive Director of a law firm based in Dallas. He received his BA and MBA from the University of Texas.
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