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Google launches “Mail Goggles” to stop drunken email embarrassment

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Gmail engineer Jon Perlow came up with Mail Goggles to help users think twice before sending embarrassing emails and to double check that the correct recipients have been included.

Last week, he unvelied his new creation: "Sometimes I send messages I shouldn’t send," he says. "Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can’t always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we’re launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.

"When you enable Mail Goggles," he goes on, "it will check that you’re really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you’re in the right state of mind?"

And that’s exactly what Mail Goggles does. Before you are allowed to hit the "Send" button, Mail Goggles will give you a simple maths equation to solve. If you are sober enough to work out 69-38, and 11 x 2, then you can go ahead and unleash your email on the world.

Mail Goggles only springs into action late at night on weekends by default. Although, if you’re likely to be inebriated at 9am, you can adjust the active periods in Mail Goggles general settings.

Perlow says: "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."What do you think of Mail Goggles? Nifty little programme? Or publicity stunt? Have you ever sent out an email you regret? Tell us about it (anonymously if you wish) and add a comment below.

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