Gmail's Forgotten Attachment Detector
Gmail's Forgotten Attachment Detector

Are you familiar with a little thing called KARMA, the law of cause and effect in the ethical realm?  I was emailing back and forth with a fellow Wild Web Woman this week and noticed that some of her attachments weren’t coming through to the team.  This is an honest mistake, so no big thing-but I did email her and ask that she double check before sending to ensure that all of her attachments were in fact, attached.  Fast forward to later that very same day and I was sending a client a rough draft of an ENewsletter.  I formulated my email, including all the highlights of the newsletter and ended my email with a clever reason why he should approve it quickly!  Well, he was QUICK to reply that I hadn’t sent the attachment.  I already knew I failed to attach the document seconds after hitting send, and had resent my email WITH the attachment probably at the very same moment the client was saying it was missing.

KARMA…I tell you, it turns around and bites you in the…well, you know where I’m going with that!

I was checking out all the cool new labs in google, a place where Gmail engineers come up with new ideas all the time and the labs are their place to try them out and get your feedback.  They are beta products that may or may not make the final cut!  I stumbled upon Forgotten Attachment Detector, which prevents you from accidentally sending messages without the relevant attachments.  So if you say, “I have attached the document for your review” or “I’m attaching pictures”,  but don’t have any attachments, Gmail alerts you with a pop-up window- confirming that you either don’t have an attachment or that you have indeed forgotten them and give you a chance to attach them and then send!

Works like a charm if you have the words “attached” or “attachment” or “attaching” as part of your text!  I sure hope it makes the cut, with some  tweaks, this could be a GREAT tool!