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April 1, 2008

I was almost had … by Gmail.

Jaimy SzymanskiToday started like many other days: I hit snooze a good 28+ times, got ready for work and headed to the office. I then began the morning routine of checking e-mail accounts, one of which includes Google Gmail.

To my surprise (and soon-to-be-turned horror), I saw a new Gmail feature on the landing page. Titled ‘Gmail Custom Time,’ this add-on allows users to pre-date e-mails before sending them, to avoid missing deadlines or special events.

Seriously?

Naturally intrigued, I read further into the details of Custom Time, only to find another feature that makes e-mails look as if they are already opened, so that a devious, unethical individual could continue his or her elaborate ruse to fool the recipient into thinking the e-mail was indeed sent hours, days or weeks before.

(A glimpse into my inner monologue) Wow. What can’t Google do these days? I can’t believe they’re allowed to market something like this! I have to tell everyone I know, and even those I don’t know!

Now – hopefully, you’re quicker than me. Hopefully you are having a laugh at my expense right now – you all-knowing, bright beacon of knowledge, you. Hopefully, you realized, much like Brenda did (and made sure to point out to me) – that today is April Fool’s Day.

Touché Gmail, touché.

All I’d like to know is what happened to the day when an April Fool’s joke consisted of taping the handle down on the kitchen sink sprayer so that it nails an unsuspecting victim in the chest with water. Or, the seemingly innocent placement of tacks or gum on someone’s chair?

Ah, those were the days.

So technically, I was ‘had,’ not ‘almost had’ by Gmail. Tomato, tomatoe if you ask me – 🙂