Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Drunk dialing? You're on your own, but...

Drunk emailing—the scourge of the rejected, the disappointed, the hopeless, the feckless, the stupid-beyond-belief—has a new enemy in town. Mail Goggles.

That's right. Google is moving out of your back yard and into your id.

Turn on this Gmail feature and when you hit "send," nothing will happen unless and until you answer a few questions along the lines of 69-38=? and 2x5=?

According to the Official Gmail Blog (what? you didn't know?), "by default, Mail Goggles is only active late night on the weekend as that is the time you're most likely to need it. Once enabled, you can adjust when it's active in the General settings." So if you're a lunchtime reckless romeo, no worries.

As illustrated, this early version of Mail Goggles will not help us all. Here's hoping that in the next version, we'll not only be able to adjust the activity time, but also enter a list of target recipients—"are you sure you want to send that email to Jennifer, Brad?" Not to mention, your own bete noir subjects (I'm thinking they should partner up with the makers of Trivial Pursuit); you know, if you're not going to be stumped by "63-28," perhaps "what year was the Magna Carta signed?" might get you, or "who directed Chinatown?" will. If you watch a lot of Jeopardy, all I can say is—don't do it, man!

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