A weird Gmail bug has tons of people sending emails to the wrong contacts
Google's mail service seems to have a bug in its auto-suggest feature that's causing a bunch of people to send messages to the wrong contacts. Instead of auto-completing to the most-used contact when people start typing a name into the "To" field, it seems to be prioritizing contacts that they communicate with less frequently.New York City venture capitalist Fred Wilson just posted about the problem, writing that he got a bunch of emails yesterday that were clearly not meant for him, but people are complaining about it all over Twitter, too.
Gmail autocomplete fails today? It's serving up least used rather than most used as suggestions. Already emailed the wrong people twice.- Chloe Albanesius (@ChloeAlbanesius) February 23, 2015
has anyone else noticed that the autocomplete for addresses in gmail has gotten horrendously bad recently?- Sam Altman (@sama) February 23, 2015
Gmail address autocomplete is totally whacked out. I keep emailing the wrong Amanda when I want to email my assistant! How to fix?!?- Ann Miura-Ko (@annimaniac) February 23, 2015
This Gmail email address autocomplete bug is killing me. Is Google's new social strategy to have me email people I don't remember?- Ryan Singel (@rsingel) February 23, 2015
The bug doesn't seem to be affecting all users (I haven't noticed anything funny, for example), but it's definitely not an isolated problem, based on the Twitter response.Google just acknowledged the problem via its official Twitter account:
We're aware of an issue with Gmail and auto-complete and are currently investigating. Apologies for any inconvenience.- Gmail (@gmail) February 23, 2015
Business Insider reached out to Google to get more details about what's going on, but in the meantime, take it slow!
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