April Fools Come Early? Google Goggles For Gmail

7 10 2008

Beer Googles. Making us all think things are a great idea when, in the cold light of day, they are clearly not. Google agrees.

Deep in the Google Labs, their self-styled “technology playground”, they have taken this concept, applied it to Gmail and come up with Mail Goggles.

Google are releasing an add-on to your Gmail that poses tough math questions past a certain time of night – to stop you sending that email you might regret!

News is that you can customise the level of difficulty and also the time that the goggles come into effect.

Sometimes I send messages I shouldn’t send. 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, 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?


By default, Mail Goggles is only active late night on the weekend as that is the time you’re most likely to need it. Once enabled, you can adjust when it’s active in the General settings.

So Google shows its common sense and humour in one great big, lab-themed swoop. I’m sure i’ll activate it, if not to stop lewd emails leaving my inbox, but to give myself some puzzling maths.

What do you think of Google Goggles? Great idea. Waste of time. Let us know! Leave a comment!

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