“Don’t forget Bob!” (Gmail Labs)

Gmail Labs have just released two of their most useful additions to basic Gmail yet: Don’t Forget Bob” and “Got The Right Bob?”  Here’s how they work: I have friends names Steve whom I email a lot.  If I send out an email with several names, and they are not included, Don’t Forget Bob asks me if I intended to include “Steve.”  Since there are three Steves, if I include one the app asks “Got the right Steve?”

If this seems pointless to you, then you don’t send a lot of email, or else don’t have multiple correspondents with the same name.  (Or maybe you’re just not old enough.)  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a hurry and sent something in a group mailing to Steve the IT guy when I meant to send it to Steve the condo manager or to Steve the retired football coach.  Fortunately, they don’t know each other.

If you use Gmail, there are a lot of neat things under the “Labs” tab.  Check ’em out.

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