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Gmail keeps getting smarter

Posted on | May 6, 2010 | 1 Comment

I love Gmail.  I love that it keeps all my emails INDEFINITELY.  I love that I can find any email from 5 years ago just by typing in a keyword.  I especially love that all these features allow me, a dumb forgetful attention-challenged user, to not bother with folders.

My love suffered a minor blow a few months ago with Gmail introduced Buzz.  Much is said about Buzz, most people I polled don’t use it and generally find it annoying, even if mildly so.  So that was a bit cooling.  For a moment there I wondered where Gmail was headed.

But today my love has been re-ignited in a major way:  Gmail is even smarter that I suspected!  I wrote in my email that I am attaching a file, then wrote a few more paragraphs, forgot all about the file, and clicked “Send”.  And this is what I saw:

Gmail detects the words 'attachment', 'attaching' in your emails

Gmail detects the words 'attachment', 'attaching' in your emails and warns you if you forgot to add the attachment

I am truly impressed by this.  It’s a great example of a system helping the user where it matters – safeguarding us where our fickle human memory fails.

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One Response to “Gmail keeps getting smarter”

  1. David
    May 7th, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    You would think Citibank would add this kind of feature to prevent their traders from accidentally selling $16B worth of Proctor and Gamble stock instead of $16M!

    For context…
    “According to multiple sources, a trader entered a “b” for billion instead of an “m” for million in a trade…”
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/36999483

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