Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Gmail Feature That Just Might Save Your Life

People today communicate by texting, emailing, and social media updates. Instead of calling up a friend, we all type out a message and hit send, then wait for a response.



Unfortunately, humans haven't changed much. Despite our best efforts, we still discuss others when they aren't around. We're just doing our gossiping in writing, which is...




One person could easily show another the mean texts you sent. Since we're all (I assume) over the age of 20, that probably isn't an issue, though. The biggest issue once you grow up and start working is the runaway email.


You know what I'm talking about. You type a long rant about something one of your coworkers did and hit "send." Only to realize, too late, that you cc'd the person you were gossiping about on the email you just sent.


If you work in an office, you may be able to retract the email...if the person hasn't read it yet. People are fast on that "open" button.


Friendships, relationships, and careers can be destroyed with one email. At the very least, things will be very awkward with the person you were writing about for the rest of time. But for those who use Gmail, there is an option. It's called Undo Send.


Once enabled, it gives you up to 30 seconds to pull that email back. That means every email you send will be held for 30 seconds, giving you ample time to realize what you've done and undo it.

Have you ever sent an email or text you wanted to take back?

53 comments:

  1. The unsend button is definitely handy when you realize you've left something out of an email (like a link you the email was about) or you realize that last sentence didn't make a bit of sense.

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    1. Yes...but you only have 30 seconds with Gmail. That's a LOT of pressure!

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  2. You can go back and fix mistakes.
    Never sent a ranting email. I've discussed things, but always in a civil manner.
    And remember the days when people used their cell phones to actually talk to someone else...?

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    1. Yesterday my phone rang and my MacBook started making a noise. I realized it was something that came with the last update--a week ago! That's how rarely I get phone calls these days. I do like that I can respond to my texts on my MacBook. Basically these days my phone is for SongPop and checking emails while I'm away from home!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. It will definitely help. A few years back, when I was still querying agents, I accidentally send an agent the wrong email. I was horrified. Needless to say, I got a form rejection letter soon after. Triple check emails, even the address you are sending to:)

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    1. I've done that when pitching editors. I even did that when responding to a person offering me a freelance assignment. It wasn't one I really wanted anyway, but I think my response confused him, since it was meant to go to a person who contacted me around the same time saying they pay writers in "exposure." Needless to say, my response was not a kind one.

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  4. It's been awhile since I sent anyone email. I always make sure I get the right recipient, though. I'm a Yahoo email user.

    I still talk on phones, though :)

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    1. I still have a Yahoo account. It's for my junk mail. I give it out to anyone who isn't a friend or business contact and then ignore most of the junk that comes in there.

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  5. Thanks! On the way over to my Gmail account...

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    1. It's definitely handy, but you have to be quick if you realize you messed up!

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  6. I am glad to say I have never sent such an e-mail because it can always come back on you plus it's just not the nicest. I mean we'll have bitched about someone or something but, in the end, it just represents you and that is harmful in many ways. Iam someone who still loves talking on the phone...it feels more personal.

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    1. That is true--and if you're gossiping or complaining, it's more fun to do so verbally than through the written word.

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  7. I've done that occasionally, text one person, receive a text from another person, then continue the same conversation I had with the first person in the second persons box. It can be embarrassing. At least I've never had any major oops text fails that I can recall.

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    1. Ah yes...many times I've done that! They haven't been too embarrassing yet, but it's always embarrassing to a degree to send someone a text meant for someone else.

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  8. Hahaha yep but like someone said above it was with texts not emails.

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  9. Being over the age of 20 means nothing. My mother and aunts are all 60+ and they still act like catty middle school girls. Mean texts and all.

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    1. Sad. I discovered that when I was doing events to promote 30 Days of No Gossip. If I asked how many people gossip regularly, the adults raised their hands as often as the kids!

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  10. When I type something in anger, I always save it and come back later. I almost always delete it.

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    1. Good idea! Often just typing it out provides the release you need.

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  11. On occasion I've realized I misspelled something - after I hit send. Hate when that happens. Thankfully, that's the worst, though I've seen the hurtful things people say when they think the subject will never find out.

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    1. Oh yeah, especially if it's an important email. Almost every comment I write on Facebook has the word "edited" with it. I always type a comment, hit enter, then find something I want to change about it!

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  12. Yep, I've seen this ugly thing play out more than once. Scary to say the least. Big fights, but silent treatments, big drama. Awful.

    Great advice here.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Oh yes...and some friendships never recover.

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  13. That would be perfect for the queries and business-like correspondence that as soon as you hit send, you notice the glaring grammar error.

    I don't know how many times I've had people send me screenshots of rotten things people have said. People must remember that even if you hit delete, the evidence of ugliness might still be around.

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    1. Oh how true! I've never had anyone send screenshots of things like that. I miss all the fun!

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  14. I'm pretty good about NOT sending "flame" emails. I only use Gmail's "undo send" feature when I notice misspellings or other mistakes! :)

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    1. I didn't even know about it until a few months ago--I can't think of an instance when I would have used it, but it's nice to have.

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  15. That's pretty neat. I don't use gmail if I can avoid it because it interferes with my other emails, but I'll pass this on to my friends who use it.

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  16. I have not sent emails I wanted to take back, but I have sent emails I wanted to add to...like the attachment that I forgot to attach, especially when I typed, "please find attached..."

    How embarrassing. :)

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    1. Oh yes...I think Gmail is the program that points that out. It'll say something like, "You've mentioned the word 'attached' in your email but nothing is attached. Are you sure you want to send?" That one's saved me a few times!

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  17. One thing I learned early was to not put anything into writing that would look bad later.
    I had a job where there was more demand for my services than I could provide. One thing I did was everything had to be confirmed by email and not phone. People would not deliberately be dishonest. But there was always a problem with people hearing and saying something different on the phone than what I wrote down.
    I have posted comments with gaffes and published a few blog posts unintentionally that I was just writing not posting. Otherwise I have been lucky.

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    1. Oh yes...when I worked in an office I noticed some people LOVED to do things by phone. I'd get a voicemail and respond to it with an email. I know it annoyed people, but there was one particular person who threw me under the bus numerous times and I was able to save myself by being able to pull up our past written communications.

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  18. I use Gmail for Leap. I never knew about this feature. Interesting. I always draft emails I'm not 100% on sending though and go back to them later.

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  19. I did hear about that. I think I enabled it at one time. But I don't generally rant about people in email. Or text. Not sure why.

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    1. I don't usually...mostly it's good for those times you send an email to the wrong person.

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  20. Lol! I had someone who worked for me send an email complaining about how my expectations were too much...not in as nice terms. I laughed and called her on it. She was so ashamed. She is also a friend now and we laugh about it sometimes.

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    1. Ouch. I have to say, it's very kind of you to not hold it against her. Not everyone is that gracious.

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  21. I once sent an email to my son that was intended for Willy Dunne Wooters. I called my son immediately and told him not to look at it. He laughed and said, Don't worry about it. He probably read it. It was kind of sexy.

    Love,
    Janie

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  22. Good thing I don't do this on my email. The horror!
    Gmail understands. :D Though seriously, I hope rumors would stop. It does us no good so I wonder why some people find pleasure in it.

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  23. This is definitely one of those features that comes in handy. More because I've accidentally misspelled an important word or forgotten an attachment than anything, but still, useful! :)

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  24. Your gifs and pics always make me smile! I've never sent one I wanted to take back but once I sent out an email to a freelancer I was working with after sending out an email to several of my kids. So I automatically signed it "Love, Karen" since I'd been doing "Love, Mom." It turned out this freelancer warmed up to me a lot more than she had been doing before this. So it turned out just fine LOL.!

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  25. Yes I have sent an email I wished I hadn't and I didn't know about this feature. Where were you then when I need you ;) Now I try to remember to check recipients and avoid the rant.

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  26. I did not know that there was an unsend on gmail. Thanks for sharing! Unfortunately, I think we've all sent embarrassing emails to the wrong person and now we have to worry about texts too:(

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  27. I'm still laughing about that Undo Button for my life. I don't use gmail but that's certainly a very useful option.

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  28. Thankfully I've never sent anyone the wrong email, but I've definitely replied to the wrong text recipient before. It's never been a catastrophic error, but it's been a little embarrassing to have to tell someone that the message was not intended for them. I like your undo button. I think we all wish we could have one in our lives from time to time.

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  29. Eerrr, yes in one of my less proud moments. But all was forgiven after some 'face to face' contact. Have a great April!!

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  30. That's a great feature! Thankfully I haven't been in that situation, but a Facebook Friend just posted about receiving an email that said nasty things about her. It was clearly meant for someone else.

    Yikes!

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  31. Erm...awkward...thankfully I'm a procrastinator when it comes to sending email rants...I just leave stuff in the drafts folder (not just rants, I suspect - everything)..and forget to hit send...has its usefulness I guess..

    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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  32. Sadly yes and have spent a day or two fixing the issue. I've also sent e-mails that, due to the hypersensitive/touchy-feely egos involved, were deemed to be "bad". 'Course, not "bad" but normal to the outside world.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  33. I think we all need the unsend button! I know it has happened to me.

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