The clever people over at Google have identified an apparently growing problem of emailing while intoxicated (EWI) and have taken steps to prevent it. The new “Mail Goggles” feature of their free email service challenges the user to 5 math problems before sending an email after hours. The user is in full control of which hours they want to designate and you don’t have to opt-in to this unique service. This should cut down on those drunk emails that seem like a good idea at the time but usually aren’t.
Although it will likely not catch drunk mathematicians, others who have a problem in this area will be well served. You know who you are 😉
Read all about it on Google’s Gmail blog.
Let’s be honest, most of us could use this type of service. Perhaps they should port it over to phones as well! If it comes out on the Google Android, it’d be a sure seller, hmm?
Thanks for sharing this!
David J says
I can think of at least 140 “characters” who could be “served” by a similar tool for Twitter! 🙂
I thought this was such a funny, clever, and simple idea. That’s right, three adjectives. Frankly, I’m more excited for the user testimonials to start coming out.
You could create a whole site based on the almost-embarrassing moments this application stopped.