GOOGLE ADDS AN “UNDO SEND” EMAIL FEATURE
(P1) Google has ANNOUNCED a tool for Gmail users to RETRIEVE POTENTIALLY EMBARRASSING emails up to 30 seconds after they’ve been sent.
(P2) The “Undo Send” tool will apply to all Gmail web accounts and the Inbox by Gmail app.
(P3) To ACTIVATE the “Undo” facility, Gmail users need to click onto Settings, then under the General tab TICK the “ENABLE Undo Send” function.
(P4) Users can choose to have a five, 10, 20 or 30 seconds cancellation window.
(P5) After an email is sent, a message appears at the top of your inbox that gives you the OPTION to “Undo”.
(P6) If you undo the message – within the set TIME FRAME – it won’t send and instead gives you the option to delete or edit it.
(P7) The “Undo Send” tool was originally made available after being launched as an experiment in Gmail Labs six years ago.
(P8) Reaction on social media has been BROADLY positive, although some called for more “undo” features.
(P9) “Also needed is the ‘can I go back and correct the spelling’ button,” joked one user, Justin Dunne, on Twitter.
(P10)”Gmail is about 20 years too late with this ‘unsend’ feature,” tweeted another user.
(P11) “Writing emails when angry is like drinking whilst driving.” tweeted Mathias Hellquist.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Have you ever sent an email that you wished you could get back?
- Which email service do you prefer – Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or another?
- Do you use email a lot, or have you replaced it with texting, Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, etc.?
- Do you like staying in touch with your friends constantly, or do you prefer to have some time alone when you can’t be reached?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
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