We’ve all made the mistake of accidentally launching a not-very-well-thought-out email like a loaded missile into cyberspace, via that other four-letter word, “send.” Staring at the screen in abject horror, we wished we could toss a lasso into our laptop and reel back the email before it reached its very unintended recipient.
Whether the receiver was inadvertently cc’ed on a conversation about their own surprise party, or a private business related matter not meant for their eyes... or you made that other dreadful mistake of sending an email to the wrong person entirely, (who doesn’t have two guys named “Jim” in their contacts?), the consequences of ruination and humiliation, present a gaping flaw in today’s super speedy email world. The inability to un-do a tragic oversight sent hastily into orbit is an imperfection humanity should be able to overcome but hasn’t yet...
...until now. Gmail has just saved the day with their new feature: “Undo Send.” It almost sounds like a term for a karmic legend. Google describes this feature with: “Oops, hit "Send" too soon? Give yourself a grace period of a few seconds to cancel sending, then edit your message before sending again.” The fairy godmother of cyberspace has arrived.
It is vital to note that the undo send feature must be turned on in your email settings to be available for use. It’s also only available for five seconds after the email in question has been sent. The “undo” needs to be pushed quickly, so this will require fast fingers hitting the panic button during a time of sweaty palms.
In today’s business world, where we’re all clamoring to break the news first, meet the deadlines ahead of time, and fit twenty hours worth of labor into a workday already extended far past eight hours, it’s nice to know that Gmail has got our back with this forgiving feature. Ideally, it would be best to think before we hit send, proofread everything we type, and double check our list of recipients, but knowing we can “undo” is one of the most comforting notions to hit the business world since ergonomic office chairs.