I hadn't realized that I'd flashed past a real April Fool's trick on Sunday's AFD, but I did recall seeing the front page of Gmail advertising a new service, Gmail Paper.
New! Introducing Gmail Paper
Everyone loves Gmail. But not everyone loves email, or the digital era. What ever happened to stamps, filing cabinets, and the mailman? Well, you asked for it, and it’s here. We’re bringing it back.
A New Button
Now in Gmail, you can request a physical copy of any message with the click of a button, and we'll send it to you in the mail.
Google will print all messages instantly and prepare them for delivery. Allow 2-4 business days for a parcel to arrive via post.
A stack of Gmail Paper arrives in a box at your doorstep, and it’s yours to keep forever. You can read it, sort it, search it, touch it. Or even move it to the trash—the real trash. (Recycling is encouraged.)
Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe
Google takes privacy very seriously. But once your email is physically in your hands, it's as secure as you want to make it.
It's gone from the Gmail front page, but when I Googled "Gmail paper" -- of COURSE I Googled it -- I found this page of additional information.
My hat's off to the fine folks at Google Gmail. Just goes to show you that we expect damned near anything to show up as an innovation with nary a blink of the old brain stem. I know from looking at a couple of blogs, I wasn't the only taken in -- or at least not immediately suspicious -- by Gmail Paper.
Mashable Social Networking News has found another Google "product". Google TiSP. The FAQ page alone is worth reading, though I admit I'm scared to click on the Install Now button. (grin)
My Favorite Line
Which could be considered for insertion in all sorts of User Manuals...
Why is TiSP in beta?
When things go wrong with TiSP, they go very, very wrong. Let's leave it at that.
Google's Last Word