Since the arrival of email as a valid method of communication, the problem of messages that users wished they never sent has been something of a rarity. While the issue is likely more common than many think, the actual solution to the problem has been scattered at best. Luckily, the folks at Google and the popular Gmail program have come up with a solution.
According to Gizmodo, the “undo send” feature is officially part of Gmail, which allows users to cancel those messages after having a change of heart. The feature is limited to the amount of time pre-selected by the user, which means anyone can set between a five and thirty second delay to send a message during which the writer can cancel the message. The time limit is unforgiving, which means choosing words and mentalities closely is still probably the best policy when it comes to composing an email.
The undo feature is a nice touch for Gmail showing that Google is aware that sometimes everyone has an email they wish they could snatch back from cyberspace. According to Susan McGalla in this article, while users get up to a half-minute to ponder the lasting effects of a snarky message, they do not get any more time than that. The hard ceiling of time is something that is unavoidable in technology, but sooner or later a program will be written that ask users if they are certain they want to send that email.