Posted by: nickgerlich | April 1, 2008

Email Atonement

If you are like me, you often wish you could travel back in time to fix the things you did wrong. You know…the times you scorned your parents, insulted someone, stole a candy bar, lied to get out of a jam. Wouldn’t it be nice if you really could somehow erase all those mistakes, atoning for those sins in effect because those sins never really occurred?

If all this sounds just a bit too much like time travel a la Marty McFly in BTTF, consider that Google’s Gmail has launched its new Gmail Custom Time feature.

GmailYes, folks, this is the cure to all your emailing mistakes. Just like some people post-date a check so it won’t bounce if cashed today, it is now possible to pre-date an email to cover your digital mistakes.

Forgot your Grandma’s birthday? Neglected to send a thank-you note after an interview? Fear not, for now you can send those incident-correcting notes you should have sent.

And then blame the recipient’s email server for screwing up.

This sure beats all the other lame excuses that emerge following a faux pas, intended or otherwise. Because now you have proof-positive that you did in fact send that vitally important message. That retro time-and-date stamp will no doubt stand up in court.

The only limitations are that Google wont’t let you send more than 10 of these (lest we all go on sinning, which we know we shouldn’t do), and you can only pre-date back to the 1st April 2004, the day that Gmail was launched.

Which I suppose makes us all fools if we think we can make good on every slip-up we’ve ever made.

Dr “Think About It…” Gerlich


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