Google's announced a new feature for Gmail users: Undo Send. Once enabled, the feature gives you up to 30 seconds to recall an email that you've sent.
- You sent a message to a copy list and only intended to send to one recipient.
- You sent a message in anger and regret having even composed the message the moment you sent it.
- You sent a photo that you realize is potentially embarrassing for you or the company, you work for.
- You send a message to the wrong intended recipient or wish to avoid death by autocompletion.
I'm certain you can add to this list.
I love the service. I think it's particularly useful for organizations that use Gmail and are thoughtful about mis-delivered mail that contains sensitive information. The problem I foresee is simple:
30 seconds is a relatively short amount of time to reflect upon and react to stupid or hasty, and for some, it's perhaps too short a cool down period once angered.
I suspect that Google's seeking to find a sweet spot for recall that balances Gmail user delivery expectations (mail should arrive almost instantaneously) against resources.
Perhaps I'm an outlier among Gmail users, but I'd really like at least a full minute of reflection or cool down. But generally, kudos to Google for the feature.