Gmail Feature Aims to Save Email Embarrassment

500x_wrong_bob_bigSometimes it happens to send an email to the wrong person.  Now Google tries to help users of Gmail with a brand new feature dubbed Got the wrong Bob?. It’s an alert that notices when there are similar names in your address book and asks you to confirm that the recipient named in the email is in fact the correct one.

The “Got the wrong Bob?” feature looks at the groups of people you email most often and then identifies when you’ve accidentally included the wrong person — before it’s too late.

According to Gmail’s Ari Leichtberg, Software Engineer, and Yossi Matias, Head of Israel Engineering Center, ”if you normally email Bob Smith together with Tim and Angela, but this time you added Bob Jones instead, we’ll warn you that it might be a mistake.”

It works only if you are sending an email to multiple people.

For Gmail users: to enable “Got the wrong Bob?” just head to the Labs settings page, then save your changes.
And enjoy!