Mistakes are as common as they are disastrous; an important memo with spelling errors, an attached resume missing vital information and the ever-dreaded reply all error.
But now, David Gobaud and Lindsay Lin, two Harvard Law School students, aim to eradicate those nuances with the advent of Pluto Mail, a free service that allows users to edit sent emails and even un-send messages.
“I don’t think anyone has done this before the way we have done it,” Gobaud told The Harvard Crimson's Tyler Olkowski. “It lets you keep using your same email address, your same email client and the receivers do not have to be using the service.”
Among Pluto Mail's most valuable features are the option to un-send emails, subsequently making them disappear from recipients' inboxes, the ability to review and change the content of messages that have not been read, and the capability to monitor if and when they have been read, in addition to an "auto-expire" feature.
“There’s a niche of people out there in the world who really care about security and they want their emails to expire,” Lin told Olkowski. “We fulfill that niche.”
Pluto Mail users can set a specific time frame for their sent emails to expire, either after the message has been sent or after the recipient has read it. The cofounders told Crimson that the feature won't only be handy for users, but also for companies who want to improve their email protection policies.
Gobaud and Lin created the service from their dorms while receiving help and mentorship from the Harvard Innovation Lab, where they met with venture capital investors. The pair said, however, that they won't raise funding until it is absolutely necessary.
Pluto Mail is currently in a beta testing stage, with 600 users currently having access to the service and many more on a waiting list.
To join the queue and try out Pluto Mail, click here.
via The Crimson