by Anna Post
This April first morning, Gmail, Google's free email platform, announced their latest update with Autopilot*, a service that replies to your emails for you! You'll never be thought rude for failing to reply again!
Not only that, but like all things etiquette, it is thoughtful! It samples your mail to catch the drift of your style! You'll be rated on capitalization, typos, brevity, and emoticon use, and the program will then draft your response accordingly. Think of the time saved!
What a terrific response by industry to the reality of how draining it is to need to be available and responsive to email at all times. Managing relationships is at the core of good etiquette, and Autopilot even analyzes incoming messages and gives you recommendations on whether or not to continue a relationship! (Sample: "Conclusion: Terminate Relationship.") How thoughtful! How helpful! How Google!
*Autopilot, while fake, follows on the heels of Mail Goggles, which (believe it or not) is real. A tool to help fight the good fight to maintain good relationships. Funny as it is, I'd endorse it for anyone who needs a little extra help controlling the email equivalent of a drunk dial--I can't say I've ever heard of one of those that turned out well...