Google Gmail Autosave: Hmm

Oct 4th

So Gmail created an autosave feature, which saves your email drafts.

What is scary about that is that sometimes you may start writing stuff that you did not want to send...you may have been blowing off steam in a random form box only to find it got cached and later winds up in court.

I think Google makes many of these features with genuinely good intent, but some of the people in positions of power may have bad intent.

Having recently read the WSJ today to find Drug Maker Under Fire for Sharing Data and DeLay was indicted again and spending many thousands of dollars on an ongoing lawsuit that I think is without merit makes me wish some of the new features were widely mentioned and easily opt outable before they were live launched.

Some of the pressures Google will feel are not internal. Just look at the maps, or think of how absurd 38,514 hours of wiretapping the wrong line sounds.

Published: October 4, 2005

Comments

Roger
October 7, 2005 - 1:49pm

"Later winds up in court"? Oh do be quiet.

October 12, 2005 - 10:55am

The autosave feature doesn't work properly anyway. Every 30 seconds it throws up a message saying,

"You have saved your message in a trashed conversation. The message will not appear in your Drafts unless you move it to your In-box."

It does this on every message you write, regardless of whether it is in the trash or not. And there's no way to turn it off.

Looks like my return to Hotmail is imminent.

fredx
September 2, 2006 - 6:57pm

same thing happened to me. happens that i created a filter, tryin to block spam from africa, and I filtered the Pound sympl, that L looking thingie, and ALL of my sent messages released the annoying pop up. once the filter was erased, problem solved.

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