My friend, Axl, works for the government -- well, government contractor. I'm not exactly sure what he does all day, other than perpetuating a stereotype perhaps. I mean, I know he wears many hats
, but that's literal, not figurative.
Anyhow, the way I figure it, he must work really hard and get really far ahead as he often seems to have an abundance of free time. Many days, this results in him sending out a seemingly endless stream of emails -- sports articles, YouTube clips, and other links -- which most of the time I am too busy to read.
I'm generally fine with it, but there was one particular day last week where I was inundated with work and he was shooting off emails like fireworks on the 4th with the Boston Pops playing in the background.
So, hoping to put an end to his emails for the day, I composed this little gem:
The email you sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
has been deleted. It was not read. It was not opened. It was deleted
If you feel you have received this message in error,
rest assured you have not. Please do not resend.
Automatic Email Deletion Notification is a new service offered by Google exclusively for Gmail members.
The Google team
Now, clearly I was just being a smart-aleck, never once imagining he would think it was real. I figured, if nothing else, the "rest assured you have not" would give it away.
Later that evening I get call from him. He asks, "Did you get an email from me today with blah-blah-blah in the subject line?"
"Hmmm," I pretend to ponder. "No, I don't think so," I fib.
At that point, he proceeds to tell me about the email he got from Google and how at first he thought it was a joke, but then when I never said anything, he figured it must be legit. He completely bought it! And he's in IT!
So if you should see an email like this floating around, advertising Gmail's new automatic Email Deletion Notification service, it's most likely a farce. And you can say, "I know the guy who started that!"
Who knows, maybe I'll end up on Snopes one day. It's not Wikipedia or Guinness Book, but it's something. It's cyber immortality.
Oh by the way, I never told Axl any different. Was that wrong?
"If you ever get annoyed / Look at me, I'm self-employed / I love to work at nothing all day..."
Labels: Axl, Boston Pops, Google, Snopes, work