BOOOOM! Gmail App Lets You Send Emails That Self-Destruct
Google introduced their un-send feature last month, and the world rejoiced.
The only problem with the feature is that it only gives you 30 seconds to decide if you want to un-send the email, which means if you don't catch the fact that "definitely" is spelled wrong in the allotted amount of time, you're fresh out of luck. Until now, that is.
Because a new Gmail extension is making it possible to un-send emails at any time! The extension is called Dmail, and it basically gives you the ability to make any email you send self-destruct.
The app doesn't actually delete emails from the recipient's inbox, but encrypts and decrypts them on command. Basically that means that you have the key to decrypting the email. That way when you set the time at which the email should self-destruct or click the "Revoke Email" button, Dmail destroys the key and no one will be able to read the email, including you.
There are two small downsides to the app. First, if the recipient of the email doesn't have Gmail or the extension installed in their browser, they will see a link to view the email in a new browser window, which many email recipients who don't like clicking links in emails wouldn't appreciate (come on, that's Email 101).
Secondly, destroyed emails aren't deleted from the recipient' inbox, but instead, are replaced with a message that says, "This message has been destroyed and is no longer available." Which basically means the recipient will totally know you destroyed the email in question and will have plenty of time to imagine the awful mistake you made that warranted destroying it. So it looks like you'll probably want to use this app sparingly, but still, it's definitely going to come in handy in dire situations!