Wednesday, March 25, 2009


You've done it.

I've done it.

We've all done it.

Sent an email that we wish we could immediately take back, I mean. For example, hit "Reply to all" instead of just "Reply." Or noticed a mistake ... a big one ... right after sending. Or forgetting an attachment.

Google has added an "Undo" button to their Gmail application:
My theory (which others shared) was that even just five seconds would be enough time to catch most of those regrettable emails.

And now you can do just that. Turn on Undo Send in Gmail Labs under Settings, and you’ll see a new “Undo” link on every sent mail confirmation. Click “Undo,” and we’ll grab the message before it’s sent and take you right back to compose.

This feature can't pull back an email that's already gone; it just holds your message for five seconds so you have a chance to hit the panic button. And don't worry – if you close Gmail or your browser crashes in those few seconds, we'll still send your message.
Five seconds is a help. Might save me some embarrassment. Lord knows, I could use all the help I can get.

If only we could get an "Undo" button on the presidential election. I'm wondering how many people would hit it now?

And where else could we use an "Undo" button?

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