The Generation Y tend to be a little informal in emails.
From the use of 'LOL' to smiley faces, we are known to shy away from formal email communication, and occasionally make a few blunders in that fashion when first entering the workplace.
I bet I'm not the only one who mistakenly called a previous boss 'love' or 'darling' in an email when first becoming occupied with monthly salaries, or by using a smiley face in an inappropriate scenario.
A few feature announced by Google is the introduction of the 'Scribbles' function -- a means to express yourself further than keyboard functions or a font style. Although not necessarily appropriate for the workplace, as a means of sprucing up your emails to family and friends, I quite like the concept.
Integrated in to the Gmail and Gmail iOS, you can now click on a 'scribble' button in the compose window to add a personal touch to your latest communication.
(Source: Gmail blog)
If you access your Gmail from the usual mail.google.com web address, then the function can be found in devices that are compatible with iOS 4+ and Android 3.1+, as well as BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
I had to admire Google's 'reasons' for introducing this feature:
"From prehistoric humans etching in caves to the modern-day thinker sketching a stroke of genius on a napkin, scribbling is a natural form of human expression. Not constrained by formatting or font styles, scribbling is a versatile outlet for expressing individuality and creativity. Not to mention it’s a lot of fun."
Right in time for the holidays, those of us who spend our Christmas backpacking or away from the family may appreciate this Google brainwave. I must admit, if I received one of these 'scribbles' in my email inbox on occasion, it would bring a smile.
I can't see it really taking off, but it's still a fun feature.
Be warned though: your family may find it amusing, while your employer may not.
- Generation Y employers: Emoticon your messages occasionally
- Google+ updates: Improved stream, photo tagging, sneak previews