My best friend was on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire when we were freshmen in college and he burned through his lifelines and had an “oh shit” moment like when you burn all your paycheck on booze and then it’s time to pay the piper. Still, though, his lifelines got him damn far. But even more of a game changer than the lifelines? The “Is that your final answer?” line. Because my buddy, like me, has been prone to just blurting out whatever comes to mind. God bless WWTBAM for at least giving you the opportunity to repeal something stupid you’ve said.
The ability to give a second thought to something is a great character feature that I certainly don’t possess. I’m more speak now, speak some more, and once I’ve sufficiently dug myself in a hole, face the consequences of saying the dumb stuff. While I may never stop blurting out whatever is on my mind, Google is now giving me the ability to at least try it out in email form.
Per The New York Post:
Google has unveiled a potentially lifesaving function which will allow users to “unsend” controversial or embarrassing emails.
We’ve all sent ill-advised messages to bosses, friends, relatives or ex-lovers and then instantly wish we hadn’t.
Now Google has stepped in with a safety net to “prevent embarrassing email mistakes.”
It has just announced an update to the iOS version of its Gmail app, which runs on Apple iPads and iPhones.
This is insane. Major, major advancement in modern communication. I mean, we literally can’t agree as a society on economic issues, social issues, or what the fuck is a catch in the NFL, but something I know we all can unite on is this undo email feature.
You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you send something you know you shouldn’t have, like on an ill-advised “reply all” that clearly is not meant for some recipient’s eyes, like when you accidentally told your co-worker that your boss was being a seaward but then the boss was attached on the email? Gone. It’s a modern miracle. Some Jesus “water into wine” shit; like if religion wasn’t a thing, and then Google showed you that you could undo an email? We’d all be worshiping Google as a deity. More so than we already do now anyway.
The logical next question is when does Apple give us this opportunity for text messages. Once we have that, all men will instantly become better boyfriends, at least over text. In person? Well, I’m still holding out hope that the Silicon Valley nerds develop the Men in Black mind eraser. .
[via New York Post]