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interesting action by gmail (vanity)
self ^ | 10/1/2011 | self

Posted on 10/01/2011 7:05:08 AM PDT by mreerm

yesterday, a friend who works in an IT department described an interesting action by gmail. i had another friend test and confirm the action.

those of you who are on gmail, check this out.

create a new mail. in subject, put 'here it is'. in body of message, put 'see attachment'. don't attach anything. hit send.

instead of sending the message, gmail will pop up a window saying: 'Do you mean to attach files? You wrote "see attachment" in your message, but there are no files attached. Send anyway?'


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this is the first i had heard of this...gmail reading the contents of a message and acting on the contents it read. might not be news to some, but was news to me. interesting......
1 posted on 10/01/2011 7:05:10 AM PDT by mreerm
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To: mreerm

“Didn’t you mean to write: ‘Great Job, Obama!’? Because that isn’t what you wrote.”


2 posted on 10/01/2011 7:06:51 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: mreerm

Lots of email programs do this.


3 posted on 10/01/2011 7:09:52 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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You do know that gmail scans every word you type, enters it into a database and then sells advertising space to companies that target you specifically, don’t you?

If you send an email to a friend consoling them on a medical issue you will probably start to see Dr. adverts on the right side of your browser when in google for instance.


4 posted on 10/01/2011 7:13:52 AM PDT by ruiner
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That’s why I always get ads at the top of gmail for spam and various ways to cook it to make it palatable.


5 posted on 10/01/2011 7:16:01 AM PDT by liege (Proud Hobbit with no intention of going back to Middle Earth.)
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To: mreerm

I would be interested to find out if the same result happened on an encrypted email.


6 posted on 10/01/2011 7:16:03 AM PDT by GregNH (Re-Elect "No Body")
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That's a common behavior of email programs. Mozilla Thunderbird has done that since at least version 3.0 (maybe 2.x, I'm not sure).

It's not particularly evil. It's even possible to handle that in Javascript and put that message up before any data is sent to Gmail/Google. If the popup comes up without any significant delay with "contacting gmail.com" in your status bar, then it's your computer that is scanning the content and putting up the dialog.

7 posted on 10/01/2011 7:25:40 AM PDT by ˘ommon ˘ents ( If having an "R" makes you conservative, does walking into a barn make you a horse's (_*_)?)
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If true - it would actually be a good thing. I can't tell you how many times I intended to send an attachment, but got so engrossed in the wording that I neglected to attach it.

Let's face it, once you send an email, privacy is not an expected consideration with today's technologies and the increased storage capacity. If I'm worried about what I'm sending being seen by others, I tend to not send it.

8 posted on 10/01/2011 7:46:59 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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Thunderbird has done this for quite a while.


9 posted on 10/01/2011 7:58:01 AM PDT by RobertClark (Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind.)
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instead of sending the message, gmail will pop up a window saying: 'Do you mean to attach files? You wrote "see attachment" in your message, but there are no files attached. Send anyway?'

That is strange. When I try to send an email without an attachment after I've signified that I want to send an attachment, the pop up message to me reads: "Chuck Norris will come to your house and kick your ass for wasting our time"

10 posted on 10/01/2011 7:59:23 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: liege

Haha! I thought I was the only one receiving their tasty recipes!


11 posted on 10/01/2011 8:00:42 AM PDT by melissa_in_ga (C'mon Sarah! Game On!)
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Just for whoever cares, Microsoft Outlook didn’t do it. Sent the email as i wrote it with no “see attached” attachment.


12 posted on 10/01/2011 8:15:06 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: mreerm

Thunderbird gives a reminder.


13 posted on 10/01/2011 8:46:40 AM PDT by capecodder
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If you are not using encryption your email is the equivalent of a post card; anybody on any machine it travels through can read your missive. That your mail client reads your mail is hardly surprising.


14 posted on 10/01/2011 10:30:21 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (Returned for regrooving...)
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To: coloradan

Yes, I love Big Brother!


15 posted on 10/01/2011 12:35:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ruiner

I have never seen a single one of those ads thanks to Adblock, Flashblock and Noscript, though my gmail correspondence no doubt does have plenty of opportunity for ad harvesting.


16 posted on 10/01/2011 12:42:07 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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