Unsending in Gmail (Finally!)

Unsending in Gmail (Finally!)
technology
Christine Huang
  • 23 march 2009

Gmail’s new “Undo Send” feature gives clumsy/hoteheaded emailers a 5-second window to take back their misspoken words. Once enabled through Gmail Labs, the feature offers two opportunities to undo a send – either while the send request is processing, or in the 5 seconds after the email has already gone through. We’re happy to see the undo feature finally make its way into Gmail (it was the one thing this writer remembers fondly about her old AOL account), but are wondering why the short timeframe? (Gmail says they’ll be extending the grace period to 10 seconds in the future – but why not offer senders a little more time to regroup and reconsider?)

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