Have trouble with your Gmail yesterday?

If you had trouble accessing your Gmail or Google Apps email account yesterday, this post over at the Gmail blog explains the outage. For more coverage about the extensive nature of this outage and how it affected the web, see:

Fortunately, Gmail is back up this morning. So, for some of us that means we can get some work done, and for others I imagine that means you won’t get any work done. It all depends on whether you’re on a Maker’s Schedule or a Manager’s Schedule.

One gmail, many email addresses | creativebits

Ivan over at CreativeBits reminded me of a handy Gmail feature: One Gmail, Many Email Addresses. If you’ve got a Gmail account, you can add extra periods or capitalize any of the letters, and emails sent to those permutations will still reach your inbox.

For example, let’s say your address is johndoe@gmail.com. You could reach that inbox via:

For more details on this feature, check out Ivan’s post.

Insert Images in Gmail

I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time: You can now insert images in the body of your emails in Gmail.

New Gmail Feature: Wait! Let me take that back!

Gmail now has an Undo Send feature. For five seconds after you hit Send, you have the ability to undo that action. I’ve been wanting this feature for a long time as I’m always noticing typos immediately after I’ve sent my email into the ether.

Coming Soon to Gmail: SMS Text Messaging for chat

Soon you’ll be able to send SMS text messages from Gmail chat. I for one am really looking forward to this feature. Plus, for users of my online text messaging form, this feature may be what gets them started using Gmail.

P.S. If you’re a fan of my text messaging form, don’t worry. I will continue to keep it available on my site. ;)

New Gmail Feature: Are You Sure You Want to Sent That?

Google has added a new experimental feature to Gmail: Mail Goggles. Its aim is to make sure that you really want to send an email by asking you simple math problems to verify you’re in your right mind. By default, it is set to only be active late at night on weekends (the time they say you’re most likely to need it).

Perhaps this will be a great feature for some; however, a more useful feature would be to delay sending an email 5 or 10 seconds after you press Send. That way if you catch an error, you can cancel the email and correct your mistake.

UPDATE: I just noticed that I titled this post “New Gmail Feature: Are You Sure You Want to Sent┬áThat?” Perhaps WordPress should consider adding a similar feature for bloggers that asks, “Are you sure you want to publish that?” ;)