Q: I often send emails to the wrong person because their address is so similar to my own. How can I put an end to this before I accidentally pass along some embarrassing information?
A: I send a lot of emails to myself. It's one of the few ways that I can remember to get anything done (or that was the case, at least, back when I was able to get through all of my incoming mail and periodically clear out my inbox). And sometimes, when quickly filling in the "To" field on a message, I'll accidentally send something meant for myself to another contact whose email address begins with the same letter as my name. It can be embarrassing.
On Wednesday, Gmail decided to make two popular Gmail Labs features permanent and began slowly rolling them out to all users. (By the time you read this, they should be activated on your personal account. If not, give it another day or two.) "Don't forget Bob" and "Got the wrong Bob?" as the features are called, aim to "prevent you from making two common mistakes: forgetting to include someone on an email, and sending a message to the wrong person with a similar name to the person you meant to email -- like emailing Bob (your boss) instead of Bob (your friend)," according to the official Gmail blog.