With summer in full swing, I’ve been receiving a lot of automatic reply messages when emailing various people and organizations. Anyone who uses email, especially in business, has received a “Vacation Reply” or “Out of Office Auto-Reply” at some point. I’ve had an auto reply setup a couple of times while on trips, and our ACCESS email account always has one (linking people to the information they may need, and letting them know we’ll reply soon).
But what if you could set-up an automatic reply all the time, to actually answer people for you? Not just a “I’ll get back to yo when I return on August 2nd” but an actual response, generated by your email program?
Well, Google (one of my favourite companies ever) came out with a Gmail Email Autopilot program that automatically responds to your e-mails, so you can spend more time keeping up with your other messaging systems such as Facebook (the more fun, social ones). Google starts off by saying, “As more and more everyday communication takes place over email, lots of people have complained about how hard it is to read and respond to every message. This is because they actually read and respond to all their messages.”
The easiest email could possibly be.
You can automatically respond to business proposals and even manage personal relationships. So, I guess you don’t have to actually check your email any more, right? Wrong!
This whole Email Autopilot thing all just a prank by Google’s Gmail this spring! Read all of the features their amazing yet fake Email Autopilot would actually have at http://mail.google.com/mail/help/autopilot/index.html. Either way, Gmail is awesome and I highly recommend it to anyone (they make it really easy to switch too).
Now, back to responding to emails – myself!