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Google Aims At Reducing Drunken Emails With Mail Googles, What about Drunken SMS?

It's the kind of idea that geek mates tend to discuss at the back of a cab. But for Google, it meant going the extra mile and delivering a new feature for Gmail called Mail Googles which aims at reinforcing the perception that not only it doesn't do Evil but also helps us become better.

The Gmail add-on (which is disabled by default) wants to prevent those late night emails that are often sent while heavily drunk or under influence and which might come back later to bite you.

Mail Googles is similar in its construction to the Captcha system and challengers the user to provide with a series of answers to simple mathematical questions within a set number of seconds.

The theory behind it is that if you're not drunk, you will be alert enough to quickly fo through those math questions, otherwise, your email will not be sent.

Mailgoogles, created by Google Engineer Jon Perlow, allow you to select the days and times when you're likely to need Gmail to step in and double check that you want to send that email and you can increase or decrease the level of difficulty.

Amongst other Google Mail Labs graduates are Go to Label, Holiday Time! and even an Old snakey game. It would be great if Google could actually come up with a version for Drunk Texts or maybe license (opens in new tab) that odd patent granted to Samsung that allows unseen texts to be deleted.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.