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Gmail introduces 5-second rule to "unsend" e-mail - rejoice!

by shmody / March 25, 2009 1:53 AM PDT

Gmail introduces 5-second rule to "unsend" e-mail - rejoice!
"I forget to attach a file, or e-mail the birthday girl that I can't make her surprise party. I can rush to close my browser or unplug the Internet -- but Gmail almost always wins that race."
Leggett added that he's had "Undo Send" turned on for a while "and it's saved me several times."
"Someone joked that it would be a great feature of Gmail to keep you from checking e-mail," Davidson said.
So he created a program that locks people out of their Gmail accounts for a set period of time. After spending two afternoons coding it, Davidson launched the "E-mail Addict" feature, which forces users to take a break from e-mailing by blocking Gmail for 15 minutes.

This may cause a wave of hesitation-habits, but at least the option is there Happy And...why did it take this long to get the "5-second rule undo-send" feature?


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Awesome stuff!
by n74jw / March 25, 2009 10:49 AM PDT

Awesome, awesome stuff!!!

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by dextire / March 30, 2009 1:56 PM PDT

If this feature becomes popular, do you think Google will just add an Outbox to Gmail? It does essentially the same thing. And you could configure it for more than 5 seconds. Or even instant if you wanted.

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